Last Saturday (06 May) a small contingent from Stratford upon Avon Boat Club travelled to Shropshire to compete in Pengwern Boat Club’s annual Shrewsbury Regatta. Racing on the River Severn over 1000 metres Emily Barratt and Christine Goodwin competing in Women’s Novice Double Sculls raced well and smoothly but were just overhauled by a crew from North Staffordshire Rowing Club. Jane Connolly, rowing at the Masters level in her single scull, demonstrated super sculling skills but in the end was narrowly defeated by a lady from Burton Leander Rowing Club.
Autumn Keil raced an athlete from Trent Rowing Club in the WJ15 Single Sculls. After a fascinating and very brave tussle over most of the course, Trent only just defeated Stratford. The WJ15 coxed quadruple sculling crew of Katie Philips, Katie Wellstead, Khloe Curnock and Emily Browne expertly coxed by Matilda Watts sculled superbly over three races beating convincingly The Grange School (Northwich), Stourport Boat Club and then Monmouth Comprehensive School to win the event.
For media coverage, see The Stratford Herald p15 and online http://www.stratford-herald.com/70462-stratfords-junior-rowers-taste-success-shrewsbury-regatta.html: also see Stratford Observer back page and online https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/sport/juniors-win-at-shrewsbury
To see more great pictures from Shrewsbury, see David Phillips’ excellent selection at https://www.flickr.com/photos/135872444@N08/albums/72157680314615864/with/34371152831