STAGING GB crews progress to semi-finals at World Junior Champs - British Rowing

GB crews progress to semi-finals at World Junior Champs


The next generation of GB rowers made a positive start at the World Junior Championships today in the sweltering temperatures of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The GB Rowing Team has seven crews competing at the event for Under 18s from August 15-19 and Kathryn Twyman as a sole competitor in the World Senior Championships (which only features non-Olympic class events in Olympic years and is run alongside the junior event).


In the first day of racing the junior men’s and women’s fours qualified directly for the semi-finals and the junior men’s quadruple scull progressed to the quarter-finals of their event.

The junior women’s quad narrowly missed out on a direct place in the semi-finals, finishing third in their heat, and will now race in tomorrow’s repechages along with Twyman in the senior lightweight women’s single scull, who finished fifth in her heat.

The GB junior women’s four of Elisha Lewis, Anna Fairs, Cecelia Mowczan and Lauren Kedar ensured the day started well for the team as the temperatures rose above 30 degrees in Plovdiv.

They finished second in their heat behind Italy to qualify direct for the semi-finals along with Canada who were several lengths back in third. The GB four led for the start of the race before the Italians rowed through in the later stages.

The junior men’s four of Robert Wickstead, Lewis McCue, Harry Lonergan and Alexander Lloyd produced a good opening display in Plovdiv.

The four were in control of their heat within the first 500m and went on to win comfortably ahead of Denmark and Australia to reach the semis on Friday.

In contrast the junior women’s quadruple scull of Jessica Leyden, Katie Bartlett, Joanna Unsworth, Lucy Burgess were involved in a tense battle in their heat which went all the way to the line.

The top two progressed directly to the semi-finals and after the USA disappeared into an early lead the focus turned to the race for the second qualifying spot.

The young GB crew challenged Australia for virtually the length of the course before missing out by less than a second. They will now have another chance to qualify via tomorrow’s repechage.

In the final race for GB in the junior programme today, the GB men’s quadruple scull of James Rudkin, Thomas Barras, Oliver Knight and Sebastian Devereux reached the quarter-finals with a third-placed finish in their heat behind Romania and New Zealand.

In the senior World Championships Twyman came fifth in her heat. The Oxfordshire sculler stayed with the field in the opening stages, but with only one sculler qualifying direct to the semis she dropped back after the Danish sculler pulled clear. She will now race in the repechages tomorrow.

On Thursday the GB Rowing Team will contest heats in the junior women’s double scull, and junior men’s pair and eight while the women’s quadruple scull will race in the repechage.


World Senior (non-Olympic-class crews) & Junior World Championships
Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 15-19 August 2012



Four (JW4-) (1-3 to semi-final, 4… to repechage)

1. Italy 7:00.99
2. Elisha Lewis/Anna Fairs/Cecelia Mowczan/Lauren Kedar (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:06.06
3. Canada 7:11.84
4. Ukraine 7:17.07
5. Denmark 7:18.33

Quadruple scull (JW4x) (1-2 to semi-final, 3… to repechage)

1. USA 6:46.61
2. Australia 6:51.03
3. Jessica Leyden/Katie Bartlett/Joanna Unsworth/Lucy Burgess (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:51.82
4. Denmark 7:00.63
5. Japan 7:18.70


Four (JM4-) (1-3 to semi-finals, 4… to repechage)

1. Robert Wickstead/Lewis McCue/Harry Lonergan/Alexander Lloyd (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:17.03
2. Denmark 6:27.16
3. Australia 6:29.93
4. Bulgaria 6:41.10

Quadruple scull (JM4x) (1-4 to quarter-finals, 5…quarters or E final)

1. Romania 6:02.07
2. New Zealand 6:02.58
3. James Rudkin/Thomas Barras/Oliver Knight/Sebastian Devereux (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:08.25
4. Slovenia 6:22.02
5. Bulgaria 6:34.57


1. Rikke Quist (Denmark) 7:49.68
2. Elisabetta Sancassani (Italy) 7:58.91
3. Fabiana Beltrame (Brazil) 8:01.47
4. Yoo Jin Ji (Korea) 8:11.30
5. Kathryn Twyman (GREAT BRITAIN) 8:20.44
6. Amina Rouba (Algeria) 8:23.20


World Rowing Junior & Senior Championships
Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 15-19 August 2012
(Club/home town)


Elisha Lewis (Sir William Borlase’s Gram. School BC/Marlow)/
Anna Fairs (Tees RC/Stockton-on-Tees)/
Cecelia Mowczan (Reading RC/Reading)/
Lauren Kedar (Reading RC/Reading)
Coach: Ryan Demaine

Double Scull
Annabel Rogers (Runcorn RC/Chester)/
Emily Ford (Grange School BC/Crewe)
Coach: Julie Edwards

Quadruple Scull
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC/Burnley)/
Katie Bartlett (Nottingham RC/Nottingham)/
Joanna Unsworth (Henley RC/Hurley)/
Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC/Swindon)
Coach: Richard Boulton


Ryan Mitchell (Maidstone Invicta RC/Maidstone)/
Elliot Tarrant (Walton RC/Chertsey)
Coach: Adam Moffatt

Robert Wickstead (Hampton School BC/London)/
Lewis McCue (ASRA/Inverness)/
Harry Lonergan (Royal Shrewsbury School BC/Isleworth)/
Alexander Lloyd (Hampton School BC/Hampton)
Coach: Colin Greenaway

Charles Shaw (Radley College BC/Waterlooville)/
Titus Morley (St Edwards School BC/Lambeth)/
Eduardo Munno (Bedford Modern Sch. BC/Brickhill, Bedfordshire)/
Thomas George (Radley College BC/Cheltenham)/
Callum Jones (St Edward’s School BC/Nottingham)/
Oliver Wynne-Griffith (Radley College BC/Guildford)/
Matthew Benstead (Hampton School BC/London)/
Thomas Marshall (Royal Shrewsbury School BC/Kingston)/
Edward Henshaw (cox) (Hampton School BC/Wycombe)
Coach: John Gearing

Quadruple Scull
James Rudkin (Stowe Sculling Club/Northampton)/
Thomas Barras (Burway RC/Chertsey)/
Oliver Knight (Walton RC/Chertsey)/
Sebastian Devereux (Marlow RC/Hillingdon)
Coach: Nick de Cata


Single Scull
Kathryn Twyman (Wallingford RC/Oxford)
Coach: Ben Reed


Team Manager: John Layng
Lead Coach: Richard Boulton
Equipment Manager: Bret King
Assistant Driver: Robin Dowell
Doctor: Lucy Free
Physio: Rachel Burr



Wednesday August 15: Heats
Thursday August 16: Heats and repackages
Friday August 17: Repechages and semi-finals
Saturday August 18: Semi-finals and finals
Sunday August 19: Finals


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