Starting off the year with two indoor championships, we encouraged both Novices and Seniors to get involved to prepare them for the competitive year ahead.
This year in one of the races, we came away with a bronze medal. We went to the Olympic Velodrome in London to enter in to the British Rowing Indoor Championships on 8th December, where Megan Jones Gerrard got her first victory of the academic year, coming third in the lightweight women u23 category.
Also racing were Harry Thurkettle in the men u23, and Dan Gillet in the lightweight men u23, both finishing with sub-8s.
For our Freshers and those who hadn’t gone to BRIC before, the experience was highly encouraged as it’s a chance to race alongside GB rowers. We wanted our Freshers to push their boundaries and try the hardest they could against more experienced rowers so they could understand their potential. Our Novices, Megan Price, in the lightweight women u23s, and Hayley Keveren, in the women u23s, both came away with personal bests: sub-9 minutes. Michelle Barden, entered in to Masters 50-54 women, and Miranda Cardew, in the Masters 30-39 women category, each came away with a commendable sub-10.
A few weeks prior was the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships in Cardiff on 23rd November. In the student Fresher 1km category, we had Amber Mawdsley who came 7th in her race and Hayley Keveren who came 9th. Hayley also raced the 500m sprint and for both of them it was their first indoor championships, preparing them for competitive racing in the future. In the lightweight 2km categories, Megan Jones Gerrard came 5th and Dan Gillet finished in 12th, as well as him rowing the 500m sprint. For the student 2km, Alicia Gulliver came 24th and Harry Thurkettle completed the distance in 25th for the men.
For the first few months of our university term, we don’t think we’ve done too bad as a club. We came away with a UOG bronze in the British Indoor Championships and encouraged our Freshers to push themselves in a way they probably haven’t before. Looking at our successes so far, we can’t wait for our year ahead and hopefully will win a few more medals!