A contingent of rowers from Upper Thames Rowing Club joined over 4,700 athletes at the World Masters Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia
Bled, Henley’s Twin Town is also known in the rowing world as a stunning venue, surrounded by the Julian Alps in Slovenia. The racing matched the surroundings, as the 9 Women athletes scoring points for UTRC not only claimed a handful of wins each across many different classes, but also came away with the inaugural Club Winners trophy, presented to them by the Mayor of Bled at the end of racing.
Cox Beatrice Crossley, who steered the crews to 5 medals herself, said “I’ve lost my voice after so many great races, the girls were outstanding and some of the men’s crews I coxed weren’t too bad either!”
The event was so popular this year that a race was set off every 3 minutes for almost 12 hours for 4 consecutive days – making the win by the UTRC Women even more remarkable.
The Women Athletes (pictured above) who represented UTRC, winning points, were Beatrice Crossley (cox), Judith Burne, Miriam Luke, Helen Mangan, Naomi Ashcroft, Sally Pollock-Morris, Amanda Hynes, Louise Wymer, Elise Cope and Jo Wilby.
UTRC secured wins in 14 women’s events – 4 medals in double sculls, 3 in Eights and coxless pairs, 2 in coxed fours and 1 in each of coxless fours and quad sculls.
In addition, the 21 rowers from the UTRC men’s squad secured 11 wins across the four days, although they were some way behind the rowers of Dynamo Moscow who lifted the men’s club trophy.
The event closed with a day of Mixed crews racing where UTRC collected four more wins, rounding off a fabulous week for all competitors.