Nine Girls from Trentham Boat Club Win Gold at the British Junior Rowing Championships

Nine girls from Trentham Boat Club won gold at the British Junior Rowing Championships – after borrowing a boat from a rival club.
The girls also triumphed in the open coxed eight despite being unable to train at their Trentham base because the lake there is too small.

And their unlikely victory at Strathclyde Country Park, near Glasgow, was made all the more stunning since some of the team were up to two years younger than their rivals.

As a result of their success the girls have been invited to represent England at a regatta in Ireland this weekend.

Trentham coach Darren Barton described the girls’ victory as “amazing”. He said: “When you consider that our girls cannot train in an eight as our home lake is too short, it is an amazing achievement.

“We punch above our weight when we compete against the bigger and more established rowing clubs around the country, but this shows just how talented our girls are.”

The girls were coxed by Trentham 14-year-old Kyle Peddley. On the oars were 16-year-old Trentham twins Laura and Lucy Cruxton, 15-year-olds Becky Dell (Stone), Izabel Mycock (Trentham) and Nicole Stephens (Bentilee), 14-year-olds Emily Butler (Newcastle) and Eleanor Thomas (Sneyd Green), and 16-year-old Tammy Bloor (Trentham).

Report from The Sentinel (Stoke-on-Trent)