Two Teesside rowers have made their mark at the World U23 Rowing Championships. Beth Bryan and Jo Wratten both members of Tees RC and Tees Active Sports Academy were part of the women’s eight who won silver in the blistering heat of Linz Austria where temperatures were as high as 38 Degrees Celsius .The Teesside connection did not end with the 2 girls in the boat as the crew were coached by James Harris who is based at Tees RC.
The women’s eight, , of Fiona Gammond, Rebecca Chin, Josephine Wratten Iona Riley, Yasmin Tredell, Fiona Schlesinger, Bethany Bryan,
Nicole Lamb and cox Morgan Baynham-Williams won their heat in emphatic style to reach the final in which they chased the leading USA crew and pre-race favourties throughout the first half.
After halfway the Germans emerged from the chasing group to challenge the British crew with Australia in third.
In the third 500m the British eight held their position with Germany, Australia and Australia all jockeying for third.
In the final 500m, a British surge saw them narrow the gap on the USA with Germany on their shoulders. With 250m to go only half a length separated the USA and GB but the reigning champions had enough to hold on at the line. USA gold, GB silver in 6:19.51 and Germany bronze.
“Without a question this was this crew’s best race”, said Sir David. Tanner GB Rowing Performance Director “They have showed a grit and aggression here that we have not seen before and that allowed them to challenge the USA so strongly”.
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