crews from the Ross Junior Academy joined together with
crews from other local clubs to make up the West Midlands
Grindle and Amy Surman competed in women's junior 14 double
sculls at their first national level regatta. They joined
Kelly Morris and Rosie Lindley who have been competing at
this level for the past three years and were racing this
time in women's junior 15 double sculls. This event takes
place at the National Water Sport Centre at Holme Pierre
Point Nottingham over 1500 meter course and always provides
a terrific curtain raiser to the high performance junior
Ross crews have been preparing through strict training regime
through the winter season and were looking to peak at this
key event . Rowing is a sport where you try and manage all
that is in your control. However weather conditions, and
lane draws can have a marked effect on performance, especially
at the events at Holme Pierre point. Learning
to deal with these conditions and the competitive pressure
is all part of learning about rowing at this level.
conditions on Saturday were challenging - a 14 knot NE wind,
which was blowing directly down the course. This meant that
the crews had to cope with a a very rough and wavy course.
first round is a time trail in two heats, where the fastest
six crews proceed to the finals and the slowest go through
to what is called the Petite final.
and Rosie, after battling the conditions qualified fourth
fastest and the pressure was certainly building as their
final approached. Amy and Ellie ran out 8th fastest out
11 regions competing and proceed through to the Petite final.
Qualifying rounds complete the 6 finalist compete for championship
medals. It is these races where the true racers emerge.
Kelly and Rosie having years of race experience at this
level approached the race with a calm and steely determination.
From the start they were out in front with only one other
crew alongside from Christchurch. Kelly
and Rosie pushed on delivering every last element of their
training plan, determined to deliver the perfect race.
the mile long course the lead changed hands many times.
Coming into the last 200 meters, there was nothing between
the crews with the lead changing hands with each stroke.
As they crossed the line it was unclear who had got the