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Wallingford Rowing Club celebrated two wins at Peterborough Summer Regatta at the weekend. Racing on Saturday, the club competed over a 1,000m on the purpose built rowing lake and with races held over four lanes, it made for an exciting spectators event too. The races saw Wallingford battle it out through the heats to the last round before finally ending the day with two wins from the womens juniors. Alice Walker raced well to finish first in the womens junior 16 single, while her younger sister Lucy teamed up with Ellie Thompson to win the womens junior 14 doubles category. 

Winning crews
W.J16.1x Alice Walker
W.J14A.2x Ellie Thompson, Lucy Walker

Wallingford Rowing Club was proud to be represented at the London 2012 Olympic Games by club member Lindsey Maguire. Lindsey joined Wallingford in 2008 and following strong performances at GB trials was taken into the GB Senior Team in 2009. After winning a bronze medal in the Women's eight at the Senior World Championships in 2011, hopes were high for a repeat performance in 2012.

The GB Women's Eight had a tough draw for their first race on 29th July, facing the defending World and Olympic Champions from the USA, with only one crew proceeding directly to the final. In the end the USA were dominant and GB settled for third behind the Australians.

The repechage then followed on 31st July and although GB didn't show the speed that had been hoped for, they were able to comfortably secure their place in the Olympic A final by beating the German eight with a large margin. It was then several anxious days wait until the final on 2nd August. This time GB put in a much stronger performance and beat the Australians to 5th place. Although sad to miss out on the medals, this was a brilliant performance and everyone at Wallingford RC congratulates Lindsey on her achievement. It was also fantastic to see several Wallingford members get involved as 2012 Gamesmakers, an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives!

It was a successful day's racing for Wallingford at Burway Regatta. The club not only left with a handsome amount of wins but also had some good performances from other crews with a number making it through to their finals.

Winning crews
W.J14.2x Ellie Thompson, Lucy Walker
J16.1x George Axon
J16.4x- Dan Wilkinson, Jasper Lynch, George Axon, Max Hearnden
W.J16.2x Catherine Jenkins, Beth Coombes

 

It was an exciting weekend for Wallingford Rowing Club as its very own Clare Major and Minna Jones-Walters were invited to represent England at the Home International Regatta. The regatta was held at Cardiff Bay this year where the women, racing in the senior lightweight pair division, came a close second to the Welsh representatives on their home waves. Their results accumulated a few points for England though, and the pairs result ended up contributing to an overall win for the England women's team.

 

The Wallingford junior 16 girls quad sculls, crossed the Channel this weekend not only to bring home another victory for Wallingford but also for Great Britain. At the start of the 2012 season the crew, consisting of Alice Walker, Leanne Reeve, Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan, sat down with their coach Tony Wheel to set objectives for the season. One was to win their age group in National Sculling Head, the second was to win at Wallingford Regatta, the third was to win gold at National, the fourth to win at Henley Women's Regatta, the fifth to win GB trials for GB v France Match and finally to win the GB v France match.

The girls achieved all of these objectives and also got new record time when winning at National Schools. Their final objective was achieved this weekend when they raced as part of the GB junior 16 team. Racing at Gravelines in North France, Great Britain won the overall match with eight wins to five; winning all three trophies for girls, boys and overall. The Wallingford girls helped the victory with a two length win over French junior 16 champions from Nice. The girls were behind at halfway but sculled a controlled raced and pushed through to victory. This latest trophy for the girls comes after a memorable unbeaten season.

Winning crew
W.J16.4x- Alice Walker, Leanne Reeve, Freya Dale and Hannah Whelan

 

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