Orange and black turning heads
Golden performance by Barry Group at Humber Valley Regatta
Decked out in orange and black, the Barry Group is giving notice to the rowing community that they mean business on the water.
Only together for three months, led by coxswain Jeff Griffin, the Barry Group won top honours in the gold-medal race at the 2016 Humber Valley Regatta with a final clocking of 7:46.59 in a showdown against L& M Electric of St. John’s Saturday at Brake’s Cove.
The St. John’s crew crossed the finish line in a time of 8:25.84 to claim the silver for their efforts as the lone representative from the east coast rowing circle.
Corner Brook native Meaghan Brown is the captain of the championship crew. She’s embraced the sport again for the first time since rowing while in high school.
Brown has been impressed with how her group of girls have managed to build a solid crew in such short time, but figures it helps they’re good friends off the water and share a common desire to embrace the sport.
“We know how important it is to come down here every morning and put the training and work in, and if one person doesn’t show up then that throws it off for the whole group,” Brown said.
It was a bright day on the water and a light wind for the early races, but the wind picked up for the championship race.
“It got a little loppier out there around the turn, but that’s just a bigger challenge and makes you appreciate it more at the end of the day,” Brown said.
Brown and her teammates — Sara Squires, Amy Barry, Steph Brake, Sarah Rowe, Jessica Johnson and spare Katie Alteen — captured first place in the City of St. John’s Female Labour Division at the St. John’s Regatta earlier this year.
Angie Hughes of Happy Oars receives congratulations on the team’s bronxe medal from Humber Valley Rowing Club co-chair Lori Hynes.
Barry’s Group won gold at the 2016 Humber Valley Regatta held Saturday in Brake’s Cove. Members of the championship crew included, from left, coach Adam Mosher, spare Katie Alteen, Sara Squires, Sarah Rowe, Jess Johnson, Steph Brake, Amy Barry, Meaghan...