the summer, Oundle School pupil, Anna van de Braak (16) represented Oundle
School Boat Club (OSBC) at two prestigious rowing events including the British
Rowing Junior Championships, where she and her fellow crew members received
the British Rowing Junior Championships on 20 July, Anna competed in a
composite Junior Women’s Eight. Featuring rowers from five clubs in the Eastern
Region, the crew came third overall, claiming the bronze medal. There was a
strong field, with the race being won by Henley Rowing Club, who went on to
represent Great Britain over the summer. This was the first national medal for
a number of the crew, including Anna.
the Henley Women’s Regatta back in June, Anna was part of a composite crew,
racing in a Junior 16 Quad with rowers from Hollowell Scullers, St Neots Rowing
Club and Stowe School.
Coach at Oundle, Jeff Roche, commented, “The
crew had limited training time, and with only three practice sessions before
the regatta the crew performed well in the time-trials and were one of the 16
crews to qualify for the knock-out side-by-side racing. Their first round race
against Star Rowing Club was close, but a good row from a well drilled Star
crew meant that the composite crew were beaten by 1 and ¾ lengths. Despite the
loss, it was a promising performance from the girls and a great opportunity to
compete at a prominent event.”
commented, “The experience of both
regattas has been absolutely amazing! It was my first year competing at these
events, and although we had very little time training together we also did our
own training separately. I was thrilled to receive a bronze medal!”
has spent the last year developing her technique and fitness in a single scull.
Following a tough Easter Quarter when the local river was flooded, Anna went on
to compete at the National Schools’ Regatta in her single and battled through
knock-out rounds to make the finals of two different events at the Star Regatta
in June. Anna will be the Girls’ Captain for OSBC for the coming year.
Jeff concluded, “Training to compete at this level is never easy and it has been good
to see Anna rise to the challenge and make the transition to training regularly
with more purpose and consistency. Her experiences show that there are
opportunities for those with the drive and ambition to compete at a high level,
and I hope that she can use these achievements to motivate herself and others
in the coming year."