25 April 2015
Two crews from Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club, having been selected at a regional trial last month, were part of a squad of 24 crews representing the Northern Region at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham last weekend.
The Junior Inter Regional Regatta is an annual National competition for junior rowers aged between 14 and 16. Competitors represent their region, there being 12 British Rowing regions, having been selected at regional trials. Talkin Tarn ARC belongs to the Northern region. At the regatta, crews from each of the regions compete in heat races over a 1500m course and the six crews with the fastest time race in the final.
Despite very difficult windy conditions along the 1,500m course, both Tarn crews did well in the heats and therefore qualified to compete in the Final against the 5 best crews from across the other 11 rowing regions in Great Britain.
In the finals, the Tarn crews again battled strong winds at this notoriously exposed course, but to everyone’s delight, both won Bronze medals.
Talkin Tarn's medal winners were: James Smith rowing on his own in a single scull at J15 (15 years old and below) and Tors Glaister , Georgina Rowntree , Maya Ellingsen, Jessica Machin with cox Tom Lewis rowing in a coxed quadruple scull at WJ14 (14 years old and below). All the Tarn athletes trained 4 times per week both throughout the winter and leading up to this event under the guidance of their dedicated coach Graeme Mark – who was a finalist for the Unsung Hero award in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014.
It is impressive to note that out of the 24 crews representing the Northern region, 3 medals were won, and 2 of these by Talkin Tarn!