Bronze medal at British Championships
29th September 2014

Over 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 bronze medals.


At 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.


At 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.


Rowing 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.”


Anna 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!”


Anna 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." 

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