03:30PM, Thursday 25 July 2019
Izzy Sellars on top of the podium
Maidenhead Rowing Club returned from the British Rowing Junior Championships in Nottingham at the weekend with three gold medals.
Concentrating their resources in the smaller boats Maidenhead had an outstanding regatta.
Maidenhead’s first British champions were Olivia Hall and Amelia Carpenter in the WJ15s doubles. Having won their semi-final in some style they progressed to the final where, as rivals tired in the final 500m, their smooth and powerful sculling style carried them to victory by nine seconds.
Izzy Sellars then backed that up with victory in the WJ16 singles sculls. She was second in the time trial to qualify for the A final on Sunday. In the final she began well, pulling out a boat length lead over 500m and then showed terrific determination to hold on to win by two seconds.
In the J15 double scull competition, Max Bird and Jacob Ioras – coached by recent Maidenhead RC junior Victor Kleshnev – won their time trial with confidence before seeing off their rivals in Sunday’s semi-final. In the A final they were placed second after 500m but, stroke by stroke, they gained on their rivals Shanklin and Sandown, finishing a length clear to take gold.
The WJ14 girls crew of Emma Rayner, Annabel Rayner, Tara Ryan and Sylvie Evans, finished sixth in their A final.
In the WJ15 single sculls Amelia Carpenter had to rush from her medal ceremony for the double sculls to compete in the A final and, with little time to recover, fell back to finish sixth.
Danny Lewis finished third in the B final of the J15s single sculls with Nat Harlow qualifying for the A final in which he finished fifth.
In the J16 double scull Olly Evans and Ed Rayner narrowly missed out on the A final, finishing third in the B event and ninth overall. Dillon Cook made a storming finish in the C final of the J16 single sculls to take a close second place, 14th overall.
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