Two 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.