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On Friday 14th March Wallingford celebrated the official opening of its new gym facility with special guest, Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger. The new building houses free weights on the ground floor and a mezzanine for ergos, providing an excellent on site training facility for club members. The gym is the product of several years hard work from a dedicated group of club members, led by Tony Wheel. The project was made possible due to significant grants from South Oxfordshire District Council, the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund, and personal donations from many club members. 

As well as the gym opening Wallingford celebrated the contribution of club members, either for their sporting achievement or for their support of the club over a significant period of time, by naming nine boats. Those named were:

Olympians
Nick English (2004)
Helen Casey (2004, 2008)
Alice Freeman (2008)
Paul Mattick (2008)
Lindsey Maguire (2012)

Senior & U23 World Champions
Kathryn Twyman (2011)
Bri Stubbs & Ellie Piggott (2013)

Longstanding club supporters
Tony Wheel (junior coach, committee member, gym project manager)
Ken & Ros Lester (longstanding club supporters, and Ken as Wallingford RC Olympian)

 

The Oarsport Junior Sculling Head took place on Friday 14th March, and after a foggy start conditions cleared up for a great day of racing. Wallingford had four crews entered: two J16 quads and two WJ15 coxed quads. Both events are extremely competitive attracting large entries, and are a good indication of speed before the National Schools Regatta in May. The WJ15 quads both put in strong performances with the A crew coming 11th, and the B crew 41st out of a staggering 60 entries. The J16 A crew equalled the girls success with a matching 11th place, and the B crew finished 30th out of 39th entries. Some promising results and congratulations to everyone who competed!

Thames Valley Trial Head took place on Sunday 2nd February in a brief window of decent weather, and the Wallingford juniors took full advantage of the opportunity to race after several weeks of being stuck on land.

The best result came from Seb Newman who won the J15 single in a field of nine. Other strong results came from Dan Wilkinson who finished second in the J17 single, the J16 double which also finished second, and the WJ18 double which finished third. There were good results all round though in events with large entries, and it was a great to get some good racing in early in the year.

Winning crew
J15 1x
Seb Newman

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