Following selection trials Henley Rowing Club had nine athletes selected to represent Great Britain in the annual J16 match against France.
Hosting of the match alternates each year between France and Great Britain. This year the 39th match between the countries was hosted by GB at the National Water Sports Centre with more than 100 young athletes making the trip to Holme Pierrepont for their first opportunity to represent their respective countries.
Henley’s Daisy Rolstone cox, Laoise O’Donohue, Mia Vickerman, Josie Sawbridge, and Natalie Schoenmakers raced in the girls eight with four girls from Tideway Scullers School . They faced the French J16 National Champions Les Régates Rémoises in the first race of the match. The French took an early lead but the British girls soon pulled this back and went on to take a convincing win.
Later in the day Della Luke, Georgie Pollard, Izzy Cotten and Holly Cookson raced in the quad against Entente Nautique d’Aix-les-Bains Aviron and after a tough race crossed the line a length ahead of the French girls. These two wins helped the GB girls team win the Match 4 – 3 and with the boys winning 6 – 1 made GB overall match winners.