International honours for St George's rowers

(Avril competing in the Coupe de la Jeunesse U18 international regatta)

Over the summer of 2019, two of our current rowers and an Old Georgian (OG) represented England and Great Britain on the international circuit following a long and arduous selection process. 

Felix (Upper Sixth) gained selection for the England team racing at the Home International Regatta; Avril (Fifth Year) gained selection for the Great Britain team racing at the Coupe De La Jeunesse; and Jo Gannon (OG 2015) gained selection for the Womens’ team for the U23 World Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

(Felix led the U18 England coxed IV to victory at the Home International Regatta)

The Home International Regatta is an annual competition that sees junior and senior crews from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete against one another. Each match has a winner; Junior Men, Junior Women, Senior Men and Senior Women, with an overall winner for the whole event.

The 2019 event was hosted by Scotland at their 2000m course in Strathclyde and on Saturday 27 July, in somewhat wet conditions, Felix led the U18 England coxed IV to victory and secured a gold medal. His IV were later joined by the coxless IV with students from King’s School Wimbledon and Radley College to form an VIII and raced again coming home in 3rd place.

The Coupe de la Jeunesse, a European U18 international regatta, was hosted by Italy on Lake Comabbio, Corgeno between the 2 to 4 August. In contrast to the Home International, the sun came out and temperatures soared. Avril was the youngest member of the girls’ quadruple scull and raced both Saturday and Sunday making it through to the A finals where they finished 6th – a creditable performance given all the A finalists were separated by less than two seconds in qualification.

(Jo competing in the U23 World Championships for GB)

Meanwhile from July 24 – 28 the U23 world Championships took place in Sarasota, USA. Jo Gannon stroked the Women’s VIII in a gripping hard fought and well executed race to take the silver medal behind the Netherlands and pipping USA who took bronze. In 2018 when Jo’s twin Nuala (OG 2015) was in the GB VIII for this event, the USA overtook the GB crew on the line to force them into 4th place by the tiniest of margins, so the reversal of fortunes was well appreciated.

Jo has since joined the SGCBC coaching staff for the 2019/2020 season and we welcome her back to the Boat Club.

Congratulations to all three athletes – very well done.

5 September 2019

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