BURTON Leander Rowing Club's Phoebe Wycherley struck gold at the English Indoor Rowing Championships.
On Sunday 13th June, crews from Burton Leander’s masters squads made the short trip to Holme Pierrepont’s National Watersports Centre near Nottingham to battle it out against the best of the UKs over 27 age group rowers in the British Rowing Masters Championship. Competing in 6 events over the 2-day event, the men’s and women’s squads were represented in doubles, quads, fours and eights.
Burton regatta proved to be a good warm up for Burton Leander’s junior contingent, who, on Saturday, made their way to Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont to test their prowess against the top juniors from all over the country at the British Junior Championships. Burton Leander were represented in single sculls by Mary Wright in Women’s Junior 14, Olivia Lee in Women’s Junior 15, Ellen Tweed in Women’s Junior 16 and Dan Roe in Open Junior. In her first national level competition, Mary Wright dominated her event from early on. Facing a formidable entry field of twenty five other competitors, the scullers are selected for the next rounds using time trial elimination. Mary made an impressive debut, finishing the time trial in overall second place, easily earning her a space in the semi-final. The second 2000m race didn’t faze the Burton sculler, coming first in the semi-final. Mary really put Burton Leander on the map by taking second place and the silver medal in her event.
Burton Leander’s ladies squad swept their way to a medal position in the Women’s 8 Masters A/B category at the British Rowing Masters Championships 2014 earlier this summer. Held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham over a 1000m course, the weather conditions were challenging due to the constantly changing wind directions. Despite the difficulties encountered in aligning the boats on the start pontoons, the club still managed to prove themselves as strong medal contenders. It is the first time in the club’s 150 year history that a Masters category ladies 8 has come away with a medal at a National event. The Masters category of events is exclusively for rowers aged 27 and above, for experienced as well as novice rowers.