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Durham University Boat Club attend senior and U23 GB trials

(12 November 2021)

This time last week, twelve athletes from Durham University Boat Club travelled to Boston, Lincolnshire for the senior and U23 GB trials.



First year Evelyna with finalist Tash finished as the 2nd fastest fully U23 pair and fresher Izzy Sellers cruised down the 5km course as the 5th fastest U21 sculler. Gus John and Calum Betteley were the 2nd fastest U21 Pair and Matty Cleugh, Ed Gaskarth and Jude Richards were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fastest lightweight U21s respectively. Andrew Mettrick was the 12th fastest U23 sculler and James Watson-Gandy came 5th in the U21 age group. George Reed and James Crawley came 11th and 12th fastest, again in the U21 category.



The weekend was also an opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces. Alum Lauren Irwin came second overall in the pair whilst Megan Halpin was part of the 11th fastest pair. Graduate George Bourne was the third fastest heavy weight sculler and in the M2- and Ryan Todhunter and James Vogel continued their form in the 2- with a 4th place finish.



Looking ahead


Head Coach, Rob Dauncey said, “It was great to see so many Durham athletes, past and present, competing at GB Trials and the results the current student athletes achieved is an indication of the potential we have in the boat club at the moment. I am looking forward to next set of trials in February where we will be even stronger.”



About Durham University Boat Club


Durham University Boat Club was established in 1877 and is one of few British Rowing High Performance programmes funded by the National Lottery. For many years the club has been a feeder for U23 Great British athletes, such as Angus Groom and Matt Rossiter who have gone on to represent their country at senior level on the world stage. Angus recently returned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a silver medal.


If you would like more information about Durham University Boat Club, visit their webpage here or follow them on social media here.