Orange and black turn­ing heads

Golden per­for­mance by Barry Group at Hum­ber Val­ley Re­gatta

The Western Star - - SPORTS - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: @WS_S­port­sDesk

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.

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Angie Hughes of Happy Oars re­ceives congratulations on the team’s bronxe medal from Hum­ber Val­ley Row­ing Club co-chair Lori Hynes.

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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...

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