16th November 2019
This weekend saw Leander squads at the GB Junior trials first assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Leander coach Dave Loveday replaced their usual coach James Loveday, who was unable to attend.
The first division featured Stephen Hughes (pictured above), a member of the winning Leander Fawley Quad at Henley Royal Regatta last summer, in the men’s single and he was keen to impress the GB selectors over the five-kilometre course.
Stephen sculled superbly and paced the race to perfection to win the GB trial in a time of 16:35, six seconds faster than second place. This is a great start to the season for Stephen and something for him to build on before the next GB trial in February.
Leander’s second sculler was Tristan Grainge, who was competing at GB trials for the first time. He raced well and achieved 37th position.
Both Tristan and Stephen will next be racing at the Scullers Head of The River on December 7th in London where Leander Club will be entering their senior women, men and junior scullers to compete in the famous race from Mortlake to Putney.
Leander would like to thank the volunteers at Boston rowing club as always for their hospitality and hard work hosting the event.
Thanks to ALLMARKONE for the photo of Stephen Hughes.