Valentine's weekend saw Molesey's high performance squad pitted against the best in the country at the final GB Rowing Team long distance assesment in Boston, Lincolnshire. This trial was a somewhat different affair from November, with the potential Olympic Squad not competing, allowing an up and coming athlete the opportunity to take the win.
Molesey took 16 athletes in total from the Development and Senior squads:
In heavyweight men's pairs: Luke Moon (FISU) and Chris Heywood (U23), with Sam Whittaker (FISU) pairing with David Ambler (U20) of St. Paul's School
In heavyweight men's singles: George Stewart (U23), David Bell, Chris Lawrie (U20) and Angus Warren (U23).
In lightweight men's singles: Ali Douglass (U23), Sam Tuck and Fraser Russell (U20)
In Heavyweight women's singles: Gabby Rodriguez, Becky Girling, Becky Edwards (FISU), Helen Roberts (FISU), Vicki Watts and Aimee Jonckers.
The morning started with the heavyweight pair, with Moon and Heywood finishing 6th overall, less then 15 seconds behind the winner, putting Heywood as third strokeside U23 at this trial and Moon up in the mix with the FISU athletes. Whittaker and Ambler finished a creditable 10th, for only a handful of sessions in the crew.
Following this were the heavyweight mens singles. Stewart had a storming row, finishing 3rd overall, followed 4 seconds later by Bell in 4th. Lawrie took 13th spot here, putting him 3rd U20. Warren finished 25th overall.
The final part of this division was the women's singles, where Becky Girling took the top spot for Molesey in 4th, finishing 23seconds clear of crewmate Rodriguez in 9th. Watts and Roberts took 21st and 22nd respectively with Edwards taking 24th and Jonckers 26th.
The second division saw Molesey's three lightweight men taking to the water looking forward to the feisty headwind.
Result of the day came from Sam Tuck winning the lightweight category 7 seconds clear of Johnny Jackson of Leander, who finished 2 seconds ahead of U23 lightweight four crewmate, Molesey's Ali Douglass in 3rd place. Young Fraser Russell, who only started his lightweight career at 83kg in September took 20th place, a strong performance for his first time racing at 73kg since he was 14!
From here, some athletes will be invited to the Olympic trial, but the majority will now be focussing on their club goals of making the eights go for HORR and WeHORR.
The squads can next be seen racing at Hammersmith Head this coming weekend, 20th February.
For information about joining the Development Squad (U23/FISU/Young Senior men) please contact Development Coach Franz Imfeld
For information about joining the Senior Squad (Senior Men and Women) please contact Head Coach Phil Bourguignon