Row­ers bag na­tional gold

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

A PAIR of teenagers have grabbed gold medals at a na­tional row­ing com­pe­ti­tion in just their fourth out­ing as a team.

Oun­dle School pupils Lot­tie Birks (16) and Kristina Cow­ley (15) rowed their way to vic­tory at the Na­tional School’s Re­gatta held at the Na­tional Wa­ter Sports Cen­tre, Holme Pier­re­pont, Not­ting­ham.

By grab­bing first place, the oar-some pair brought home the Simon Sears’ Cup for Ju­nior Un­der 16 Girls’ Dou­ble Sculls.

Kristina said: “Win­ning the gold medal af­ter only four out­ings as a team was a very sur­real and a fan­tas­tic moment that I will re­mem­ber for years to come.

“We were told that the com­men­ta­tor had said, ‘Cow­ley and Birks are look­ing com­posed and calm as they have done from the start’ but the re­al­ity was that I was re­ally anx­ious not to let Lot­tie and the team down.

“In the last 500 me­tres, with the whole boat club shout­ing en­cour­age­ment from the bank and see­ing Christ Church have a fi­nal push, I think we just wanted to win that bit more than they did.

“It still took ev­ery ounce of en­ergy, de­ter­mi­na­tion and willpower to cross that fin­ish line first though.”

Head of Row­ing at Oun­dle School, Ge­orge Maitre said: “This was a very con­fi­dent per­for­mance and with very lit­tle prepa­ra­tion un­der their belt.

“The girls won the ini­tial time trial, semi and fi­nal with ease.”

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