It was another hugely successful day for Team WinTech at the Early ID junior GB Trials as athletes racing in our shells came away with first-placed finishes in both the U19 men’s and women’s divisions. After a great showing at the Senior and U23 edition a couple of weekends ago, the country’s best juniors took to the water in Boston, Lincolnshire on the first step towards a Great Britain vest in the summer.
On the men’s side, Marcus Chute took the win in a special edition Cobra. Marcus is building quite the rowing CV at The Windsor Boys School (TWBS), with medals at numerous national events and a finalist berth in the Fawley Challenge Cup in August. WinTech’s affiliation with TWBS stems back several years and has encompassed support at Henley Royal Regatta, the National Schools’ Regatta, the British Junior Championships and, now, a win at the Junior GB Trials. “I’m happy with the result and how the race went overall,” commented Marcus. “It was my first time racing at Boston so it was good to see what it’s all about. But this was just the first step in a season-long process so there’s plenty of work ahead”.
In an incredible show of strength, Marcus covered the course nearly a minute quicker than any of his competitors, finishing in 18:27. Mark Wilkinson, TWBS Director of Rowing, was pleased with the performances of his impressively robust squad, as his other athletes finished as high as 6th, 11th and 13th. “TWBS had 7 athletes competing and there were some excellent performances all round. We’re in a good place to be at this point in the season but as ever it’s a marker and it’s time to get our heads down for the winter training months ahead. All our athletes raced in WinTechs and the exceptional design and quality of their boats undoubtedly played a part in the results”.
Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Meg Knight took the victory in impressive style as she builds on-water credentials to match an astonishing off-water CV.
The sixth form student from Trentham Boat Club took a silver medal in the 500m Women’s Under 19 race and gold for the 2000m Women’s Under 19 final at the World Virtual Indoor Rowing Championships last March. Her triumph on Saturday, facing the very best scullers in the country, puts her firmly on course to represent Great Britain in the summer and continue her remarkable ascension to the summit of schoolgirl rowing. Racing in a white-painted Cobra, Megan finished over 11 seconds quicker than her nearest rival and will be looking to build on this performance as she heads into the longer winter training months.
Congratulations to all athletes who competed and thanks to those who have chosen to race in our boats.
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