FIVE TSS JUNIORS SELECTED FOR GREAT BRITAIN TEAMS
The club was well represented in both sculling and sweep events at this year's Henley Masters Regatta, with boats contesting six finals and the Senior Women winning three medals from four finals.
Racing in the first final of the two-day regatta, the women's A quad of Debbie Beadle, Caroline Matthews, Miranda McLaughlan and Zoe Gullen had a close race against Guildford, who had won the event last year. Level for the first half of the race, the TSS crew gradually pulled away - in the newly named Stan Livy - to win by a length and a quarter.
Next up were Judith Schulz and Claire McIntosh in the women's B double, who had secured their place in the final in a controlled race against a hard-pushing Norwich the evening before. They took an early lead over Exeter and held it to win by two and a half lengths.
Not stopping to collect their medals, Claire and Judith stepped straight out of their double and into the Andy Ripley, which Andrea Finn and Kate Grose had ready and waiting on the water for their straight final of C coxless fours, which they won by two and a half lengths over Upper Thames.
There was also a tight turnaround between quad and single for Debbie, who had made the final of women's A singles. She put in a strong performance in her third race of the day, but couldn't quite match the pace of the current national champion (and Women's Henley semi-finalist) from Greenbank Falmouth.
Also racing in finals were the women's C quad of Katherine Hickmott, Sophia Supple, Catherine Nunan and Helen Kilsby. They had a convincing victory over Durham ARC on Friday, but lost in the final to Wallingford. The brother-sister duo of Mark Alloway and Ruth Bradbury, racing as a TSS/Parrs Priory composite and down two age categories, had a close race with the husband-and-wife double from Upton who won by a length.
Congratulations to the five TSS juniors who have been selected to represent Great Britain this summer.
Ollie will join the men's team for the World Junior Championships in Hamburg, while Ben and Kaan have been selected for the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Libourne. Boats have not yet been finalised, but they are all in the teams. Thanks go to Tom Gale for leading the guys through the very stressful selection process of the last five days, and to Tim Sanders for the extended use of his pair throughout the trials period.
Last week Saskia was selected for the women's coxless four and Susannah for the women's quad at the Junior Worlds. Thanks and congratulations are also due to Rhona MacCallum, who supported the girls through trials, and has been named as a coach for the Coupe de la Jeunesse team.
On the Saturday of Kingston, there was a win in the final of J16 singles by three lengths over the home club Kingston.
Then, racing in the three-boat handicap Women's Masters C/D/E doubles event, the E double of Liz Tofts and Clare Allen won by four lengths.
Results for the club's entries across all five days of racing.
The tell-tale ripping sound of gaffer tape being applied to rubber and foam to prepare The Great Ache's cox’s seat for prolonged contact with some of Kristian’s most delicate aspects tells you it’s that time of year – time for our 52-mile row from the club to Henley.
TSS Juniors win Victor Ludorum at Egham Regatta
The club sent its largest contingent for some years to race at Henley Women's Regatta, and was represented on all three days of racing.
Eight wins at Barnes and Mortlake Regatta.