Junior Successes at Teddington and Hampton Small Boats

As predicted the KRC Juniors started the season well with a series of wins at Teddington Small Boats Head. The junior athletes notched up three wins in the S4 2x, WS3 2x and MJ14 2x categories.

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Along with the rest of the club we were frustrated that river conditions caused the cancellation of Kingston Small Boats Head. However, the 1st December saw some splendid team performances at Hampton Small Boats Head with the best of our results being the WJ152x Ellie Warner/ Roxy Ayling finishing 3rd in their section, beating both LEH crews, (despite stopping before the line!) 

Next up was the Captain Tom Lloyd and partner Max Wood in the J18 2x finishing 7th. Flo Stafford/Sian O'Sullivan headed home our three doubles in the WJ16 and 19th overall was the J15 4x+ who beat 4 crews (including 2 from Eton College) in their debut race for KRC in the quad event.

Coaching wise, this season the juniors are also going from strength to strength. Last newsletter, we explained that following last season's successful High Performance Group experiment Richard Ayling was to take on overall responsibility of our Junior 18-14 Year Group. I am please to say he has now agreed to become Senior Coach for the entire Junior Squad which will ensure that both our J18-14 group and J13-11 group are fully co-ordinated.

In addition we are grateful to Ian South who has been happy for our older juniors to train with the Senior Squad - which seems to have had the effect of bucking ideas up on both sides.

As we move into our 150th Anniversary year - the Junior Group are looking to send many more boats to competitions through the season. If enough boats can be found, at least 6 crews are planned to race at the Hampton Head Which is the next planned Junior event on February 2.

Once again I would like to thank all of our coaches and volunteers (included all the keen new parents we have this season) who continue to do a fantastic job in supporting the junior athletes - Thanks to you all. 

Marcus Hoskin
- KRC Junior Coaching Team

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