Her heat in Women’s Masters C 1x was against a much younger sculler from Oxford Academicals: however Christine showed her skill and strength in beating the sculler (whom she had previously beaten), by winning comfortably by five lengths.
Then Christine faced a formidable and technical sculler in the final from Tideway Scullers: her opposition was just two years older but gained a nine second start advantage by virtue of racing up an age group at Women’s Masters D category. Christine pushed hard off the start but, on this occasion, was beaten by a worthy and more experienced opponent.
Christine’s own personal achievement was to race in a new boat against experienced London crews with an effective and capable rows in strong current conditions.
Said Helen Smith, Masters’ Women’s Vice Captain and Christine’s coach, “We are so proud of Christine’s journey over the last two years, arriving at where she is today where she has shown her potential against very competent opposition.”
For media coverage, see Stratford Herald p15.