Leander Clubs Rossiter and Glenister lead the way at GB trials
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of November saw the start of this seasons GB trials in Boston, Lincolnshire.
On Saturday rowers from all over the country had to compete on the indoor rowing machine and achieve at least the minimum cut off time for 2k set by the GB selectors in order to be able to even participate in the 5k water assessment the following day. Leander Clubs Callum McBrierty achieved a impressive fastest time of the day of 5 minutes 47 seconds.
The second day was split into two divisions, the women went first in the pairs and Leander achieved promising results. Natasha Harris-White rowing with Susie Dear who has recently joined us from Oxford Brookes came second, with other Leander pairs in the event finishing in 6th and 8th.
In the women’s single scull Ruth Siddorn missed out on top spot by 0.2 of a second to Olympic silver medallist from Leander Club Polly Swan racing for Edinburgh Uni where she is now studying. Leander had a whopping five scullers in the top seven of this event which shows the depth of our women’s squad.
The afternoon saw the men racing in division two, The men’s pair is always a great race at trials seeing all the top clubs and universities fighting for selection. Leander Clubs George Rossiter and Harry Glenister raced well and won overall continuing their good form that got them noticed last season. Leander Clubs other pairs finished 4th,7th 8th and 23rd.
The Men’s single sculls was won by Leander member Charles Cousins racing for Abingdon School old boys Griffin BC where he works. Pete Lambert returned to the boat after injury to finish 3rd just 0.4 ahead of one of our club athlete Olly Stephens in 4th with Victor Kleshnev who is only 18 coming in 7th. Other Leander results in the men’s single sculler were 16th,17th and 24th.
Last but not least was the turn of Lightweight men racing in single sculls. Will Fletcher who has been out of a boat due to injury returned with a bang to win overall.
Director of Rowing and Chief Coach Mark Banks said it was a solid start to the new season which demonstrated our strength in depth following on from our successes at the British Championships and fours head