This weekend, the Nottingham and Union Junior 14 girls won the Windrush Trophy for Girls Junior 14 Octuple Sculls by over 2 seconds, breaking the course record in the process.
Trevor Rainbow, club captain, confirmed that this is the first time the club has won gold at the National Schools Regatta, and the first time a provincial rowing club has won the event. The regatta is now held on the course built for the 2012 London Olympics and sees five thousand junior rowers from the UK and Ireland compete. Competition for this event was tough with 43 crews, mostly Thames Valley independent schools and clubs, competing for the trophy.
In final preparation for the regatta season the squad of 30 junior rowers aged 13 to 17 went on training camp at Gloucester Hartpury College, where they trained three times a day on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and in the college’s advanced training facilities.
Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, formed in 1862, is based on Trentside North, near Trent Bridge in West Bridgford, Nottingham. The club has a thriving junior section, training between 4 to 6 times a week, depending on age, and welcomes rowers of all ages and abilities.