On Saturday, 19th June the Ross club took a large contingent
of Juniors and seniors to race under the shadow of the Royal
Shakespeare Theatre on the River Avon at Stratford. For
many of the juniors this was their first event and all acquitted
themselves very well.
club amassed an incredible 13 wins over the day, starting
with the new boys combination in J13 quads. Johan Lai, Henry
Jones, Dale Kernot, George Probert with Olivia Baynham-Wiliams
coxing, beat their opponents from Stratford comfortably.
Success was shortly followed by the Wj13 4x quad of Megan
Jephcote, Jess Boon, Olivia Baynham Williams and Molly Phillips
coxed by Rhodri Morris. In the Wj12 double sculls, after
firstly dead heating with their opponents of Megan and Jess,
Christina Stephenson and Pippa England won in another very
the Women's Im3 double sculls, Elle Blackwood and Morgan
Baynham-Williams only just beat another Ross Crew of Lucy
Jones and Kerry Blackwood in what was one of the most exciting
races of the day. Wins were also recorded by Johan Lai in
J13 singles sculls, Rosie Ingram and Molly Phillips in Wj13
double sculls and a brilliant win for the Junior Novice
men's coxed four of Rob Hewlett, Sam Pothercary, Matt Griffiths,
Charlie Green and Rhodri Morris. With
the veteran men's eight coxed by Lucy Jones winning against
Stratford the club had notched up 8 wins.
last division of the day was focused on beginner races in
which Ross had a strong representation. Jess Jordan rowed
very well in her first race only to be narrowly beaten in
her final. The first beginner win was collected by Tom Scott
in the J11 single sculls and he only just missed out in
the J12 final. One of the tightest of races was between
the Ross crews of Charlie Morris and Jess Crossman and Abi
Middlecote and Olivia Baynham-Williams. Charlie and Jess
only narrowly won on the line after a terrific battle.
Vines and Rowan Sykes had another great race against Hazel
Thomas and Scarlett Brodholt. Naomi Banks-Martin teamed
up with Flo Wallis-Smith to race against Fran Watling and
Alice Banks-Martin. After a very good start from both crews,
Ali and Rowan were the victors. Overall
it was a terrific day for the Ross Club.
Howell, Performance Junior Coach commented, 'It is great
to bring so many of our developing juniors to an event like
this and see how they are progressing. The quality of the
squads sculling was a continual comment heard along the
river bank and by the event officials. This is a testament
to all the hard work put in by the Junior Academy coaches
and the supporting team of parental safety boat drivers.'