BRONZE MEDAL AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Start of 2014-15 season
The kick-off meeting for Seniors will be on the 13th September, following the annual Bernie Thompson Challenge Sculls. Times to be confirmed. There will be a separate meeting for the Junior groups.
The Women's Squad will be meeting at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday 6th September for a meeting and outing.
GB Rowing Sculling Festival
A small group attended the two-day Sculling Festival in Nottingham, taking part in an omnium of events including time trials, side-by-side racing and skills tests alongside prospective GB triallists. TSS's top performer was Stuart Heap, who was fourth overall in the men's event, and Debbie Beadle was best of the TSS women, at eleventh overall.
Thanks go to Chris Williams and his team of helpers for installing the new flooring for the weight-lifting areas of the gym.
European University Games
Mimi Carlton, representing Durham, won silver in the lightweight double at the European University Games in Nottingham, while Stuart Heap, racing for the University of East London, was fourth in the A final of ligthweight singles.
World Under-23 Championships
Congratulations go to former TSS juniors Anastasia Chitty and Georgia Miansarow for their medal-winning performances in Varese. Anastasia, representing Great Britain, won silver in the women's eight, while Georgia was a bronze medallist in Australia's women's lightweight double.
Theo won the J13 singles event at Oxford City on Sunday 17 August. In his first race, Theo faced a home City of Oxford sculler, and then an LVS Ascot sculler in his second race, and won both convincingly. In the final he was up against a sculler from RGS High Wycombe and in a strong headwind won by one and three-quarter lengths. HM
Congratulations to Susannah, for winning a bronze medal in the Great Britain women's quad at the World Junior Championships.
The club's other two representatives also acquitted themselves very well. Saskia stroked the women's coxless four to a win the B final, while Ollie was fifth in the B final (and so 11th overall) in the twenty-six-boat men's pair event.
Debbie Beadle, Caroline Matthews and Simon Suthers raced in masters sculling events at Maidenhead, returning with two wins.
An early race saw Debbie and Sid beat Guildford in the heat of Masters A/B/C mixed doubles; Guildford's woman sculler then beat Caroline by just a canvas in the heat of women's A singles (and went on to win the event).
In the final, Debbie and Sid were on the wrong side of the handicap but rowed down Guildford's Masters C crew to win by a length and a quarter. Having put out Marlow in the heat of women's A doubles, Debbie and Caroline then finished two and a half lengths up on home club Maidenhead in the final.
Ben and Kaan of the Junior Men's squad represented Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Libourne, France.
Racing in the coxless four, Ben finished fifth in Saturday's A final, and then improved on that result for a bronze medal on Sunday. Kaan, in the Great Britain eight, was fourth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday.
Rhona MacCallum was also in attendance, coaching the junior women's double to fifth place in the A final on both days of the regatta.
The largest TSS contingent for some years took part in the Home International Regatta, at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
Jordan and Lucas, selected to represent England following their win at the British Rowing Championships, won the men's junior pair and so contributed to the England team's overall win of the Junior Men event.
Also racing for England were Adam Lodygowski, Billy Fields, Nathan O'Reilly, Will Thompson, Eddie Beckett, Graham Benton, Richard Chambers, Tom Hope and cox Charlotte Trundley, while Tom Gale was present as coach. Christa earned her second Welsh vest, racing in the junior women's double and quad, and Zoe Davies was overall team manager for Wales.
A group of TSS veterans went to the European Masters Regatta in Munich, and there was a win in G eights for a composite crew with Minerva Bath, Henley and Broxbourne. The crew from bow was: Dickie Clarke, David Hickey, Dickie Bannenberg, Tim Sanders, Arnold Cooke, Tony Stokes, Klaus Riekemann, Tim Lincoln and cox Guy Greaves.
There was a bit of excitement at the start, when stroke's pin sheared as we were doing a warm-up piece. After some exchanges with the start marshal, Klaus comandeered a bike and cycled back to the boating area beyond the finish, and came back ten minutes later with a replacement pin. He collapsed in exhaustion while a diver in a wetsuit came round to the water side of our boat to get enough grip to replace the pin, standing up to his chest in the lake. Our two opposition crews were very understanding, suggesting that beers all round after the race would be well received.
The race itself was fairly uneventful: we took an early lead and managed to maintain it to a fairly comfortable win. The other TSS boats acquitted themselves well to achieve a number of second and third places. RC
Described by their opposition at Molesey as 'like a nuclear submarine – silent and deadly', the J13 double of Alfie and Theo went on their final mission at Staines Amateur Regatta on 26th July, and at Burway Regatta on 27th.
This quarter's winners were:
G. Fuller £50
J. R. Maudslay £50
R. Clarke £50
B. Bridger £50
E. Tofts £50
M. Gleeson £10
The next draw will take place in September.
Despite reduced numbers from GB squad call-ups and early holidays the TSS juniors went to the Brit Champs junior section last weekend, endured vile weather and came away with some good wins.