Young fe­male crew makes big splash at races

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

With only three weeks prac­tice, the Har­bour Grace Max­i­mum Con­tract­ing ladies crew out rowed two ju­ve­nile crews (18 years and un­der) and an­other midget crew by three boat lengths to win the com­bined race in a time of 6:44:50 at the 149th an­nual Har­bour Grace Re­gatta on July 30.

The girls range in age from 12 to 15 and this year’s re­gatta marked their first time row­ing.

The crew went on to the an­nual Por­tu­gal Cove Re­gatta Aug. 13 where they won a com­bined race made up of ladies in­ter­me­di­ate (21 and un­der) and a ju­ve­nile crew.

Their time of 6: 44: 06 set a course record in Por­tu­gal Cove, which also qual­i­fied them to com­pete in the cham­pi­onship race, fin­ish­ing in third place.

In qual­i­fy­ing for the cham­pi­onship race, they are be­lieved to be the first crew in row­ing his­tory in New­found­land and Labrador to make it all the way to a cham­pi­onship race.

The crew was coxed by Lenny Wil­liams Jr., who has led crews to 11 cham­pi­onship races. Wil­liams is the son of Len Wil­liams Sr., of the well-known Wil­liams Fam­ily row­ing crew of Har­bour Grace.

Proud of his young crew, Wil­liams says he hopes “ they will be back again next year for the 150th an­nual Har­bour Grace Re­gatta. These are the girls of the fu­ture,” he con­cluded.

Mem­bers of the Max­i­mum Con­tract­ing Midget Girls row­ing crew are, from left: Sara Pren­der­gast, Bai­ley Shep­pard, Kee­sha Cole, Beckie Vokey, lead bow; Lenny Wil­liams, coxswain; Jes­sica White, lead stroke; Sa­man­tha Slade and Ericka White.

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