|BR Masters Champs 2015|
After the club's successful weekend at the British Rowing Masters Championships the follow press release has been prepared by Sally Horrocks
Success for Leicester Rowing Club at the British Rowing Masters Championships
Leicester Rowing Club members enjoyed a successful weekend of fast and furious racing at the British Rowing Masters Championship in Nottingham on 13 and 14 June. All nine club members who took part came away with at least one medal, and overall the club emerged with 8 medals: 3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. This placed it 15th of the 108 clubs that made it onto the medal table. Five of the medals were won in the championship sculling events on Saturday, with victory for the mixed masters C quad of Joe Holohan, Ben Pickering, Liz Pulford and Sally Horrocks. While 3 of this crew have plenty of previous experience at this event, Ben Pickering only started rowing after the London Olympics and was making his debut. He followed this win with a silver medal in the masters A double alongside David Smith.
Coach Howard Marsh was delighted with the performances over the weekend. 'It is good to see that Leicester crews can win medals at national level events like this' he said afterwards. 'All these athletes have worked hard in training over the winter and as a coach it is very satisfying to see all that hard work paying off.' Ben Pickering paid tribute to his coach, "I could not have achieved what I did this weekend without Howard's help and guidance over the past couple of years. He is a great coach with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a selfless desire to see all of his athletes do well and achieve their goals. He is a real credit to the club." Club Captain Rob Fox, who organises the Learn-to-row courses for the club, added 'it's a pleasure to see someone who completed our learn to row course winning at this level so soon after taking up, the sport. I hope it inspires the next group to follow in Ben's footsteps'