European and British Champions in the group!

European and British Champions in the group!

It's been a while since we last blogged, and we have had a busy March. After our pennant win at the eight's head, our focus turned to 2k erg tests. Pippa, Laura, Fi, Yasmin and Nikki all travelled down to the national training base in Caversham to complete their 2k tests which are required for trials. Both Fi and Nikki got PBs, with Pippa and Yasmin both very close to breaking their best as well. Laura and Fiona then successfully raced in a pair for an invitation to the European/World Uni and U23 trials held in April. This means that Yasmin and Nikki will race their singles at these trials as lightweights, Pippa in her single as a heavyweight, and Laura and Fiona in a pair - this is the largest group of Nottingham athletes to race at these trials since the formation of the Nottingham High Performance Group.
Not to be outdone, the rest of the squad raced at the Eurpean and British Indoor Rowing Championships, run by Concept 2 and held at Nottingham University. Opening the medal count was Ellie racing in the student event, although finishing in a time slower than she hoped for, Ellie came home with the silver medal – a great achievement for her first indoor competition! Yasmin raced in the open lightweight category, where she won by 15 seconds to maintain her winning streak at this event. This also makes her the European Champion. Last to race were Catherine and Lindsay in the open event. The girls faced strong opposition from Pavalina Zizkova from the Czech Republic, who went on to win the event. Lindsay came home strongly to finish with the silver medal and becoming British Champion in the process with Catherine chasing behind to come home with a bronze medal. This gives the squad a 100% medal count at this event for 2012. Thanks need to go to Concept 2 for organising a great event, we will return in 2013 bigger and better!

The group are now on training camp in preparation for summer racing - can't wait!


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