Rowers pull ahead at international

SCOTLAND'S Strathclyde Park Rowing Club J16 Women's Quad achieved outstanding success on Monday, July 16 at the J16 Great Britain v France international rowing match held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Janey Campbell, Natalie Irvine, Rosie Young and Carl Santoni won by over two boat lengths to storm home against one of France's top junior crews.

The four girls, along with five other Scottish girls from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, were selected to represent J16 GB Rowing, against tough competition from schools and clubs across the UK.

Following selection for the J16 GB team last Tuesday the quartet from Strathclyde Park and their coach, Peter Barton, took part with the rest of the team, in a four day training camp in Nottingham.

Training conditions were made particularly difficult due to driving wind and rain, but on Monday the sun shone as family and friends travelled south to see them compete.

After the race Peter Barton, Strathclyde Park Rowing club president and junior coach said: "This is a stunning success for the girls and the club.

"This achievement has been the result of months of training and preparation.

"The girls have shown 100% commitment, their personal discipline and attention to detail together with the support and encouragement they receive from the other club members have combined to bring about this success, even more remarkable given that the boat Performance which they trained and raced in is a second hand club boat which we purchased last year after months of fundraising activities by members.

"Up against top class crews with first class international boats and equipment makes it all the harder for our young people to compete and achieve their full potential."

The next step for the girls is to achieve full GB junior selection, but without the right equipment this will not be possible.

To support these young people and others like them the Club is seeking financial sponsorship from interested businesses.

If you can help contact the club secretary or the junior coaches through the club's website, www.sprc.freeserve.co.uk

Reporting: ROY BEERS