Meg and Marcus were selected to race in the GB Junior team at the 2016 International DRV Juniors' Regatta in Munich. After only a couple of practice outings they set out on Friday 6th May and raced in individual regattas on the Saturday and Sunday. Most crews have had considerably more time together but due to the need for the GB Juniors to race in their school and club crews ours have very little time together. The TSS pair did really well, with Meg winning two medals and Marcus winning one, and Smithy and Chris as their coaches are proud of them! It was a fantastic experience for both of them which will hopefully stand them in good stead in future trials and regattas. They report as follows:
Meg: On Saturday morning we raced the JW2x in a tough field which had six heats. We came third in our heat putting us in the C final, where we came third again. In the evening we raced a scratch quad. As there were only seven quads it was a straight final which we won, getting a medal and a T-shirt. On Sunday morning we raced the double again. As we had the experience of Saturday's racing and a nicer boat we had a much better race on Sunday, winning our heat (getting a medal and another T-shirt) and our time was second fastest out of the three heats.
Marcus: I was expecting to row in an eight, but it split into two coxless fours for Saturday morning, one lightweight with me in it, and one heavyweight. Both fours came second in their semis and made it into the B final, where we beat the heavyweights in a great race by about half a length. In the afternoon we were the last race of the day in the eight, where it was a straight final of four boats. We lost to the Swiss by about half a length. On Sunday I was put in a scratch pair with Oscar the Westminster stroke. There were four heats and they based the overall winner on times. We raced really well to win our heat and got a medal and a T-shirt and were third fastest overall. It was a great weekend and really hot so very tiring.