Medals Galore for Leander Women at U23 World Champs

At the recent U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy, Leander athletes produced amazing performances with all six Leander women returned with a medal.

To kickstart the medal haul, Leander athlete Katherine George partnered with Vwaire Obukohwo in the Women’s 2x.  This event saw fierce racing with all crews still tightly packed at 1500m.  Romania stepped out to take the overall win, Canada took silver and the British women’s 2x won bronze.

Next up was the Women’s coxless 4+ event with three Leander women; Phoebe Campbell, Lauren Carey and Lettie Cabot who were joined by local Henley rower Georgie Robinson Ranger who won our Sporting Superstar Award in 2019 and currently rows for University of London where’ she studying. This crew was coached by Leander women’s assistant coach Richard Chambers. The British 4+ led to the first marker.  However the crew from the US, all from Texas University, were able to hold a faster pace.  USA took gold with the Leander women winning silver.

To finish the Leander medals for the day, Daisy Bellamy and Abigail Topp raced in the British Women’s 8+.  Similar to the 4s race, the USA crew were pushed by the British women, but the crew from America were able to maintain their lead.  USA took gold and the British took their second silver medal of the Championships.

Earlier in the day the Men’s 4x with three Leander athletes and coached by Ali Brown, Men’s assistant coach, finished 7th overall taking top stop in the B final.

Chief Coach Ross Hunter commented: “These are fantastic performances for our Leander athletes and we are so proud of them.  The U23 World Championships provides fierce racing and championship experience for all of our athletes who are aiming for Paris 2024 and LA 2028.”

The season is not yet over for our Leander athletes.  The senior European Championships in August will see a number of Leander athletes representing Great Britain in Munich, Germany.

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