Nottingham Rowing Club Needs You!

Have your friends or family ever commented that you are too competitive? Have you played a sport for years and fancy a change? Have you been inspired by the success of rowing at the Olympics? Then Nottingham Rowing Club's high performance group is for you! We are currently looking for women under 23 years old and 5'10 or over who are interested in starting rowing with the aim of competing for the GB team. You do not need any experience or specialist equipment - everything will be provided- you just need the desire to win!
Nottingham Rowing club is the largest and most successful club in the East Midlands, boasting use of a 9km stretch of the River Trent as well as use of one of the only purpose built 2000m rowing lakes in the country. As a member of the high performance group you will also get the benefit of being coached by a full time coach, receive sports science support, have access to an English Institute of Sport gym, a strength and conditioning coach and as many rowing machines as you could ever want!
In the past few years the group has won all of the premier events in the UK, and currently boasts 3 British Champions and 5 Home International Champions, hold a course record at Henley Womens regatta and this year were the only British crew that qualified a quad for Henley Royal Regatta. The group also contains European University and Commonwealth Games winners and medallists. So where can our group take you? 3 of our recent alumni are currently in the Great British squad, having raced and medalled at the World under 23 Championships whilst rowing in Nottingham.
If you are interested in finding out more then please e-mail us at Even if you do not fit the criteria for the high performance group or just fancy trying rowing on a more casual basis, then please go to for more information and contact details.
Pippa Whittaker travelled out to Kazan in Russia to race in a double with Karen Bennett at the beginning of September to compete at the World University Championships. This event is seen as a chance to prove yourself on the World stage against some tough opposition. Only 4 crews were entered from Great Britain. The double made a strong start coming second in their heat, and progressed through to the repechage on the following day. Racing in continuingly deteriorating conditions, the girls put in a strong performance to take the second qualifying spot into the A final, a great achievement for Pippa as this is her first World Championships. Unfortunately the girls couldn't quite make an impact on the medal positions in the final and finished in 6th position.

A week later, three former Nottingham RC athletes were due to race at the European Championships, a stepping stone up to the full senior team. Unfortunately Tina was forced to withdraw following a reoccurrence of a prior injury. Vicki Meyer-Laker and Monica Relph raced in the women's eight, which had an excellent race against the Olympic bronze medal Romanian eight. The eight finished in the bronze medal position, only the second time the eight has finished on the podium, and shows great promise for the next Olympiad.
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