BURTON Leander’s ladies squad swept to a medal position in the Women’s 8 Masters A/B category at the British Rowing Masters Championships.
Held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham over a 1000m course, the weather conditions were challenging due to the constantly changing wind directions.
Despite the difficulties encountered in aligning the boats on the starting pontoons, the club still managed to prove themselves as strong medal contenders.
It is the first time in the club’s 150-year history that a Masters category ladies 8 has come away with a medal at a national event.
The Masters category of events is exclusively for rowers aged 27 and above, for the experienced as well as novices.
Facing tough opposition from London’s Lea RC and Cambridge’s Rob Roy RC, who took the gold and silver podium positions, the Burton ladies were very proud to come away with bronze after managing to pull out a commanding lead over three other crews from Stourport, Bristol and Oxford’s Falcon RC.
Coming away with a medal from their first national event as a crew has laid a solid foundation for the squad, who have their sights set on a more national level wins next season, as well fuelling their aspirations to send a crew to Henley.
Two members of the ladies eight also entered the Masters C IM3 double sculls event.
Barbara Delaney and Fiona Brown faced a field of six opposing crews from London and Ardingly in addition to more local competition.
Despite already having rowed in the 8s final, the duo dug deep and overtook the third placed crew during a nail-biting final 200m, earning themselves the bronze medal.