Home International Regatta

Caris (left) and JessTwo members of the Women's Squad were selected to compete at the Home International Regatta, held at Strathclyde Park on 25th July: Jess Belcher for England, and Rowi Mortimer for Wales.

Jess Belcher, who has been at Scullers while on placement as part of her degree at Bournemouth University, raced in the lightweight double with Caris Marsh of Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha, and following an intense three weeks of training together and getting down to weight, they brought home a gold medal for England!

Jess was then asked to jump into a quad with England team members from Mortlake, Agecroft and Upper Thames. This race saw them cross the line in second place, behind Wales, which the crew felt was a pretty respectable result considering it was the first time they had been out in this combination.

The England Senior Women's Team won the Victrix Ludorum.

The weather, of course, poured down for the afternoon of racing in true Scottish fashion, but for Jess it was,all in a ll, a very successful weekend of racing and celebrating. It was also a great end to her very successful season training and racing with the Women's Squad, which has included pennants at the Pairs Head and Scullers Head, and winning in the single at Ghent.

Rowi, meanwhile, made her second appearance at Home Countries, having previously represented England in the all-TSS coxless four and medal-winning composite women's eight in 2013. This time, racing as part of a Wales team managed by former cox and long-time TSS member Zoe Davies, Rowi was in the coxed and coxless fours that both finished second in their events, and the eight that was third.

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GB selection

Three TSS athletes have recently been named on GB Rowing teams.

Alan Campbell has been selected to race the heavyweight single at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, starting on the 30th August.

After lengthy and gruelling final selection trials for the Junior Worlds boats, Lucas will be racing in the pair in Rio, while Susannah, who won a silver medal in Hamburg last year, will again be in the women's quad.



The Junior Men had a successful day at Molesey Regatta, and were third overall in Sunday's Victor Ludorum.

A crew of Ollie, Theo M, Stefan and Laurence, coxed by Theo D, won J14 coxed quads. Theo D also sculled in the winning J16 quad, along with Ollie, Marcus and Ambrose.

Marcus had a second win, in IM3 coxed fours, with Jordan, Sam, Tommy and cox Cormac


Henley Masters

A small contingent raced at a heavily over-subscribed Henley Masters Regatta, with both sweep boats reaching their respective finals.

Unfortunately, the scullers racing on Friday (women's E doubles of Jo Al-Janabi and Kasia Lawrence and Liz Tofts and Claire Adams; and Roseanna Eisdell in women's B single) did not progress to Saturday's finals - indeed, the doubles were both drawn against the eventual finalists in their first races.

On Saturday, the G quad (Roger Swift, Peter Lander, Chris Mallon and Graham Bagnall) raced Dart Totnes, who took about a length in the first thirty strokes and then more or less held that margin to the finish, despite strong attacks from the Scullers crew. The women's E quad of Katie Robins, Pat Canning, Claire-Louise French and Jo Al-Janabi also lost to Broxbourne in a race that was not rowed out. The F coxed four (Mark Alloway, David Hickey, Dickie Clarke, Tim Sanders, Guy Greaves (cox)), however, beat Australia's Mosman RC by a length and a half in the heat, in a time one second faster than that of the other semi-final, in which Marin RA of the US had beaten a Nottingham composite, so the final was clearly going to be tight. Marin had a fast start and took a little over half a lenght in the first twenty-five strokes. Thereafter, the TSS boat started to push back on them, raising the rating from 35 to 37 at the halfway point and holding it there before going up to 39 for the last thirty strokes, getting ever closer. However, the Americans just held on to win by a canvas.

The women's B coxless four of Kate Grose, Caroline Matthews, Judith Schulz and Andrea Finn successfully defended the title won last year, crossing the line three and a half lengths up on a Mortlake composite. There was also a win for Pauline Peel, racing in a composite women's E eight.

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World Cup III

Alan Campbell demonstrated that he is back with the best at the World Cup in Lucerne, winning bronze in the single.

Interviewed after the race, Alan said, 'To come back from last year like that, to go from fourteenth to bronze and being back on the podium – it feels like a gold-medal performance to me.'

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