The weekend before last one of our junior members Sol Hewitt attended the first session of this years British Rowing Junior Trials. The trial process is a combination of compulsory land based and water based assessments throughout the season and rowers and coaches must meet the necessary criteria to be considered for selection.
I spoke to Sol & his family to see how he found the experience;
"It definitely was a big weekend! starting with the journey on Friday! However, with the fab Filippi on top of the car we set off for the unexpected. Six hours later (Friday traffic) we arrived at Boston Rowing club. GB had paid for an overnight security guard so we were able to unload, rig and leave the boat with confidence.
Saturday morning arrived chilly but with a little sunshine to help. We met at the club for 7.45 so Sol could be weighed , measured and have his arm span done. Then it was just check the boat, the course and wait. It was amazing to see the 150 rowers arrive and try not to be intimidated by the size of them! We did keep reminding Sol that he had only just turned 17 so had plenty of time to grow! You could spot the ones who were at the end of 18 years!
John Dodsworth arrived for the weigh in having left at 3am! What a dedicated coach! The water was perfect early on and literally two straights , a 2k then a 3k. A briefing followed and then it was launching. Organisation was impeccable and efficient. Sol was number 95 and the times started approx. 11am. Sol was a little worried about his grip following difficulties at Kingston, however all was well.
He said that there was a slight head wind for the first 2.5 but otherwise conditions were great. He maintained his position and overtook one. Once the results were in he was ranked 59, so we are confident that this is encouraging. He is now able to go for the next 5k ergo assessment which has to be in by 3.12.18
We really appreciate the effort and commitment that the club."
Good Luck Sol, we'll all be routing for you.