GB Junior Trials

On Sunday 23rd November, the first of a series of on-water trials for potential Great Britain Junior scullers and rowers was held in Boston.  To be allowed to compete, junior men had to do a 2k ergo at rate 24 and be in the top 140.  This year, Olly Dix completed his ergo in a time of 6:38.7, putting him in 44th position, gaining a place in the sculling trial.

The trial is over 5k and is run like a head race, scullers being set off at approximately 20 second intervals.  The event is rate-capped at 28.  The event was held in cold, rainy conditions with some stream, and a tailwind for much of the last 3k.

Olly went off in 31st position, and was soon overtaking the sculler who started immediately ahead of him.  He kept the rate really well, and by the end had overtaken a further 2 scullers.  His immediate response was that he’d sculled it the way he’d trained for it.

There were some top junior sculling talent on show, with 2 of the boys from the quad that got a silver medal at the 2014 Junior World Championships competing.  We awaited the results with interest.

The two boys from last year’s quad came first and second, with Olly coming home in an excellent 8th position.  The top 3 scullers were a little ahead of the rest, but just 10 seconds covered the next 8 places.  Olly completed the course in 17:39.4.  This is a fantastic achievement for Olly, who only started sculling a couple of years ago, and has only been training seriously for just over a year.

Olly now has a “nice” 5k ergo test at rate 26 to look forward to in a couple of weeks time.