The Nottingham and Union Rowing Club juniors took on some of the best rowing schools in the country at the Peterborough Junior Championships.
The event was held on the 1,000m-long purpose-built lake on the outskirts of Peterborough and they came away victorious.
The U15 (Year 10) girls octuple of Orianne Capsticks, Izzy Nix, Rachel Herborn, Freya Herborn, Tess McManus, Ella Grant-Clapham, Katie Page and Emily Keen took gold in the final.
They left the field in their wake to win by clear water over some of the most prestigious rowing schools in the country, beating the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Kingston Grammar School and Worcester RC crews in the fastest time of the day over the 1,000m course.
Following swiftly down the course came the clubs U13 (Y8) girls octuple of Alex Rainbow, Evie Tyler, Maddie Holahan (Leics RC), Freya Moore (Leics RC), Freya Talbot (Leics RC), Evie Newman, Annabel Stevens, Cecily Kay, who secured the second gold of the day, leading home a field including Headington School, Kings School Ely and Ross RC.
Four of the girls then jumped out of the eight and into doubles. From a field of 11 entries, Annabel Stevens and Cecily Kay held off Alex Rainbow and Evie Tyler in a nail-biting finish for gold and silver respectively in the U13 doubles.
In the midst of all this excitement, the club’s U14 girl sculler Lucy Patchett quietly battled through a field of 14 entries and three rounds of racing to claim a hard-fought bronze.
Chris McManus said: “It was another great day for the Union juniors.
“Not only that everyone from the club medalled with a total of three golds, one silver and one bronze at one of the top regional events in the country, but winning two 8’s events in the same day felt pretty special for us as a club with such a young junior section.”
The Nottingham and Union RC has been on the banks of the Trent since 1862 and has a rich history of success at all levels of adult sport.
Three years ago they ran their first Learn to Row course for juniors and since then have developed a junior section of over 70 children aged between 13 and 18.
They provide access to the sport for people at all levels, from the newest beginners via the Learn to Row courses, through to the opportunity to compete at regional and national level competitions.
If this sounds like the sport and the club for you for you, then come and see them on Trentside, or drop them a note via the contacts page on their website www.nurc.co.uk.