SuABC performed well in the British Rowing Junior Championships at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.
Thirteen members of the junior squad formed six crews, three of which progressed through the time trials to qualify for the A and B finals.
Imogen North produced tremendous rows in both her semi-final and final to capture a bronze medal for finishing third overall in a hotly contested WJ15 single scull event.
Cassie Bird and Phoebe Winter made the top 12 to row in the WJ15 double sculls B final in which they finished fifth.
Georgia Holden and Ellie Wells, in a composite WJ16 Four with rowers from Evesham, came through an eliminator round to finish sixth in the final.
Stratford’s other three crews all put in great performances and missed out on qualifying for the finals by the narrowest of margins.
They were Africa Jones (WJ14 single scull), WJ14 quadruple scullers, Rachel Stratton, Rianna Ngombe, Ellie Whitehead, Lamorna Jarvis and cox Becky Stokes and the men’s J16 double scull pairing of Franklin Hamilton and Harry Stirling.
Jones was edged out by just 0.4 seconds, while Hamilton and Stirling went on to win their C final comfortably.
Coach Mark Holden was also presented with a medal as acknowledgement for all the time and effort given to his crews.
A delighted Holden said:
“Being presented with a medal was a surprise as it is the athletes that do the real work!
However, it is an acknowledgement not only for me but for all the coaches and helpers for the time and effort that give to their crews.
All of us at Stratford are delighted that the crews have done so well especially as Stratford is run by volunteers.
To win bronze at the BritishChampionships is a great end to a very successful year for all and well deserved.”
Article taken from the Stratford Observer 1/8/13