GB se­lec­tion fol­lows lengthy tri­als

Row­ing

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Fred­die Allinson is in Bel­gium this week­end row­ing for Great Bri­tain at the Coupe de la Je­unesse.

The 18-year-old has just fin­ished his A Lev­els at The King’s School in Can­ter­bury where he was cap­tain of boats.

Allinson, from Char­ing, will row in the fours at Hazewinkel along­side Matt Hardy, Theo Dar­low (both Mole­sey) and Michael Dal­ton (St George’s Col­lege).

The se­lec­tion process for the un­der-18 crews be­gan last Septem­ber and only ended on July 11 af­ter four days of res­i­den­tial tri­als at the Na­tional Water Sports Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham.

Last year Allinson rep­re­sented King’s in the eights at Hen­ley and won the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships in a pair with school­mate Harry Ni­chols, who is now at uni­ver­sity.

Allinson and Ni­chols also won gold for Eng­land at the Home Nations In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta in Cardiff last July.

Allinson teamed up with Can­ter­bury’s Wills Edgar at the Na­tional Schools Re­gatta at Eton Dor­ney in May and came away with a bronze medal.

The Coupe de la Je­unesse is a two-day com­pe­ti­tion which sees 12 Euro­pean coun­tries come to­gether to bat­tle it out over 13 events on each day.

Great Bri­tain topped the leader­board in Poz­nan last year, win­ning 15 gold medals, seven sil­ver medals and two bronzes to fin­ish 82 points clear at the top of the ta­ble.

Char­ing rower Fred­die Allinson (left) train­ing with Wills Edgar

Char­ing rower Fred­die Allinson (right) and Harry Ni­chols with their gold medals in Cardiff

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