In the first week of the holidays some of our GB candidates experienced a gruelling few days being tested against others with similar aspirations at the GB Spring Assessments held in Nottingham. Georgia Francis furthered her case for a place in one of the GB teams later in the year and Ben Maxwell put his feet firmly on the lower rungs of the GB ladder, confirming himself as one of the top J16s in Britain. Ed Vickers, also a J16, had his first experience of coxing top juniors and Arabella James showed herself to be well up with those already having international experience.
The following week our senior boys and girls went in search of some early sun in Northern Italy but after a promising first day experienced mainly cloud and rain over the course of their six day training camp. However, with snow clad mountains in the distance and pretty villages bordering the lake at Corgeno, plus a comfortable hotel, ample food and favourable rowing conditions, both girls’ and boys’ 1st VIIIs made good progress and look forward to the coming regatta season.
In the final week our younger squads encountered typically April weather on the Pangbourne reach. The J16 boys’ four day camp included plenty of seat racing and development of technique in both pairs and the eight. The J15s and J14s enjoyed a variety of activities in their three day camps, with some visiting the Oxford University indoor rowing tank, looking out onto the famous Iffley Road athletics track on which the first sub four minute mile was recorded by Sir Roger Bannister as a 25 year old in 1954.