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Wallingford Rowing Club made a great showing at Oxford City Royal Regatta last weekend, bringing home trophies in nine categories over two days of racing. From novice to elite and junior to veteran, Wallingford competitors represented the high standard of rowing produced by the club at all levels of ability and age.

The large contingent of Wallingford novice rowers taking part was a testament to the success of the club’s ‘Learn to Row’ program, which encourages adult beginners to take up the sport. There was a win on Saturday in the Men’s Novice Coxed Four category for Rebecca Collier, Jack Shuttleworth, Alastair Collier, Bill Cole and Ben Colwill, coached by Helen Popescu, who also reached the final of Intermediate 3 Coxed Fours on Sunday. Richard Thwaites and Steve Hall also won Men’s Novice Double Sculls and Kasia Bera won Women’s Novice Single Sculls.

At the other end of the spectrum, Charlie Newbould and Bodo Schulenburg were successful in the Men’s Elite Double Sculls, and there were wins in the Mixed Double Sculls category for Emma and Alex Cadoux-Hudson on Saturday and Caroline Greves and Chris Boddy on Sunday. Wallingford’s strong junior squad maintained its winning ways thanks to sisters Lucy and Alice Walker, who celebrated success in the Women’s Junior 15 Single Sculls and Women’s Junior 18 Single Sculls respectively. Ed and Rob Hares, rowing as a Wallingford / Army composite crew, completed the haul of silverware with a win in Men’s Intermediate 1 Pairs.

 

Wallingford Rowing Club came away with 10 wins out of the 18 crews entered at the annual Burway Juniors & Masters Regatta last weekend.

Amongst the winners was Will Mangion who won his first race in the J14 single sculls 'A' group, whilst fellow club member Seb Newman won the J14 singles 'B' group (both groups being randomly selected due to the popularity of the sport at this age). There were two other first wins for Billy Lines (cox) and Alex Baxter, both members of the WJ15 coxed quad with Lucy Walker, Lauren Shannon and Jess Shuttleworth.

Wins in double sculls crews from Tom Brock & Dan Wilkinson in the J16 event, Seb Newman & David Willcox in J15 event and Katie Metalli & Maddie Newman in the WJ17 event, beating Eton Excelsior by just 1 foot. Women's single scullers also dominated by winning the WJ17, WJ16 & WJ15 events from Alice Walker, Georgia Mulraine and Lucy Walker respectively.

A particularly 'fun' part of the day was the Masters/Juniors double sculls event which saw father & son, Tim & Tom Brock, winning the Masters/J16 event and father & daughter, Anthony & Georgia Swiatoniowski, reaching the final of the Masters/J14 event. Another father & son combination who reached the semi-finals was Ian & Dan Wilkinson. Dan already having reached the final of the J16 singles in the morning.

The club was also represented by the girls J14 squad of Poppy Dawe, Ani Cook, Georgia Swiatoniowska, Jessica Polkey & cox Billy Lines in the quad and Jossy Shannon & Abi Rumble, in their first ever race in the double scull, who reached the semi & quarter finals respectively.

 

 

This year the U23 World Championships took place in Linz, Austria and Wallingford was represented by two club members, Bri Stubbs and Ellie Piggott who formed the LW2x. Not only did Bri and Ellie do Wallingford proud by being selected as an all Wallingford crew, but they went on to win the entire event and be crowned U23 World Champions. The pair showed early form in the regatta but it was always going to be a tough race in the only Olympic class event for lightweight women. In the end they led all the way, and left the other boats to fight over silver and bronze, winning by a length over Germany in a time of 7.08.57. Congratulations to them both from everyone at Wallingford Rowing Club!

 

As usual Nottingham was overcast and windy last weekend for the British Rowing Junior Championships where Wallingford entered 8 crews. Due to the high number of entries, all crews had to race time trials on Saturday and 6 Wallingford crews reached the top 12 of their categories and therefore qualified for the A and B finals on Sunday.

In an increasingly competitive field of Junior J15 coxed quads, there was a fantastic result for Wallingford's 'A' crew of Arthur Arnould, Tim Waller, David Willcox, Henry Edwards and cox Alice Middleton who won the bronze medal less than a second behind the silver medallists. The 'B' crew of George Skilling, Will Mangion, Wrenton Toth, Joe Morris and cox Jessica Polkey also put in an impressive performance coming 2nd in the 'B' final. The Women's Junior double scull of Alice Walker & Freya Dale just missed out on the bronze by coming 4th in the 'A' final and Lucy Walker convincingly won the 'B' final in a field of 27 WJ15 single sculls.

Other crews who reached the 'B' finals were Jessica Polkey & Morgan Sims in the WJ14 2x and Dan Wilkinson in the J16 1x. Crews who reached the 'C' finals on Saturday were Katie Metalli & Maddie Newman in the WJ double scull and Gabi Moss, Georgia Swiatoniowska, Ani Cook, Maisie Beavan and cox Billy Lines in the WJ14 coxed quad.

 

At Kingston Regatta this year Wallingford had two wins from Dan Wilkinson in the J16 1x (with Tom Brock the runner up), and Charlie Newbould in the IM3 1x.

 

 

 

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