FRESH from their win at Henley Royal Regatta, The Windsor Boys’ School students Bryn Ellery and Tom Smith were selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.

The Windsor boys teamed up with rivals Ollie Costley from Claires Court School and Viktor Kleshnev of Maidenhead Rowing Club to form a quad scull.

Furthermore, Mark Wilkinson, the director of rowing at Windsor Boys, was appointed as their coach and he lost no time in putting the athletes through their paces.

The Junior World Championships featured young athletes from 59 counties and the quad sculls event was contested by 18.

In the heats, the GB quad, alongside the European champions from Switzerland, broke free from the rest of the field to secure their place in the A/B semi-final stage the following day.

Here the British crew rowed a very confident race, coming home first in the fastest time of the day to reach the A final.

In this they faced the pacy Swiss crew once more, alongside the Italians, Germany, Denmark and Greece.

Predictably the race was very tight over the first 1,000m of the 2,000m course, but gradually the Swiss, British and Italians, in that order, edged ahead of the other crews during the remainder of the race.

In the last 250m, the British tried to get back on terms with the Swiss but to no avail, though they held off mounting pressure from the Italian crew to finish in the silver medal position.

Wilkinson was delighted with the result, commenting: “This is the best international result ever recorded by students at Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club and it rounds off a superb year for us.

“Hopefully this will inspire our younger students to aim high.”

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