World University Championships and European Success

World University Championships and European Success

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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