Well done to club members who won medals at BRIC 2020.

Nicki Glen followed up her medal successes in 2018 and 2019 by winning two this year, in the W60 category – gold at 2k and gold at 500m.

Millie Hurrell also won two medals at her first attempt as a junior in the Yr10G category – silver at 500m and bronze in the 5-minute event.

The Championships were able to go ahead in a Covid-safe way thanks to some innovation and tech, competitors raced each other in real-time, but in their own homes, with their rowing machines connected to race control via the internet. Both rowers showed great focus to compete at a national level in an unusual race – without the usual roaring crowds. Their results are a testament to hard training, despite this year’s challenges. 

Millie’s comments after the event express the sentiments about racing in this way, but also shine a light on our supportive junior section.

I found the home racing a positive and enjoyable experience and very easy to access the BRIC online event.  Being able to see my position during the race on a computer screen encouraged me to work harder, achieving a bronze medal in the 5-minute race and silver medal in the 500m sprint. However, I would have liked the buzz of seeing everyone competing.

 Training has been difficult and challenging at times, although I have had excellent support and guidance on an off the water by all the coaches and between lockdowns trained with one of my fellow junior team members several times a week, which helped drive me on.”

Millie is coached on a Sunday morning on the river by Patrick, Andrew and Richard. Vicky Parry has been coaching and preparing her for BRIC over weekly Zoom meetings and telephone calls during lockdown. Vicky has been a great support for Millie encouraging her to keep her training up over both lockdowns and sending her training plans to do. 

The junior section of the club are really supportive of each other and have kept in touch during lockdown encouraging each other. Prior to lock down they attended gym session twice a week as well as rowing on a Sunday morning.

To train through lockdown, Nicki was coached (remotely) by Duncan McCulloch. 

Nicki says, “A big thanks to everyone at the club, this would have never happened if I hadn’t joined the ‘learn to row’ and been welcomed into such a friendly club that believes rowing is for everyone, no matter your age or size.”