International honours for Hampton rowers.
Alex Lloyd and Rob Wickstead are Silver Medallists in the Junior World Rowing Championships.
It was the perfect ending to a superb rowing season for the two Hampton boys.
Alex Lloyd and Rob Wickstead helped Hampton row to victory in the School's Head and the National Schools' Regatta as part of the talented J16 squad last season. They also enjoyed a number of successes rowing together in several 'Pairs' events.
The boys' talent and hard work did not go unnoticed and at the beginning of the summer Alex and Rob were selected to join the Great Britain Squad becoming the youngest crew members of the Men's Eight in The Junior World Championships.
Rob says it was such a great moment:
“At first I couldn’t really take it in. We had been training really hard and knew that we stood a good chance to be in the squad. But to be in the room with the selectors and hear your name read out is wonderful and a great reward for all the effort we had put in”
|Alex Lloyd and Rob Wickstead with their Silver Medals
Held this year at 2012 Olympic Venue, Dorney Lake, Eton, the Junior World Championships attracts the world's most talented rowers and is fiercely competitive. The flagship final of the men's Eight event drew the loudest cheers of the day from the masses lining the final 500m of the lake.
Alex said taking part in the World Championships was amazing:
“It was the biggest race of our lives. There were so many people there all shouting for Great Britain and that helped with the nerves but even so I could feel my heart beating so fast. Thankfully we had done a lot of intense training with the rest of the crew and as soon as we were in the boat everything calmed down and we all were able to focus on the task ahead”
| GB Eight winning their heat
|| The Medals' Podium
It was a strong start with Italy, Germany, USA and Great Britain all very close for the first 500 meters. The Italians put in an early push for the lead and took a half length but the British Eight responded and chased hard. At half way the Italians led with Germany and Britain neck and neck, a canvas ahead of USA. The British Eight then started to move away from Germany and the USA to take second place with the Germans in third.
Hampton School's Director of Rowing, Mr Colin Greenaway says this is a wonderful result:
"I am very proud of the boys. Rowing for your country is what we all aim for and this result is a great achievement for the British Eight and the two Hampton boys in the bows of the boat."
Further Rowing News
Other notable achievements at the World Championships include Oleg Isaev's performance. Oleg raced in the coxless pair, which is a very difficult event and finished 12th out of the 19 countries entered.
At the Home Countries, both Jack Walker in the Coxless Four and George Butcher in the Eight won Gold medals at the Home Countries International.
J16 boys, Bruno Hallwood, Chris Shortland, Matthew Benstead and Jonathan Huse, won the U16 GB v France Match.
|GB v France Team
All in all Hampton had 9 boys representing either Great Britain or England over the summer which is a fantastic achievement. Mr Neil Double and Mr Colin Greenaway also had a busy summer with Mr Double coaching for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse with the Eight and coxed four, both of which won Gold at the European Youth event. Mr Greenaway coached the coxless four at the Junior world Championships.