Rosie Oates |

‘Despite not having a fancy boathouse and facilities we still had the grit, focus and had fun’

European silver medallist Lucy Glover (pictured above right) learned to row at Warrington Rowing Club. Rosie Oates from Junior Rowing News finds out about her junior days

If anybody ever overlooked Warrington Rowing Club, a club nestled on the banks of the River Mersey, they’ll think twice after watching former junior Lucy Glover’s silver-medal-winning exploits at the European Championships a few weeks ago. As her old coach from Warrington, Richard Sinnott, sums up: “not bad for a girl from the Mersey!”.

And it was with Richard that she first got the taste for winning. Starting out as a junior at Warrington, which she found through an Oarsport-run programme that connected her school with the local rowing club, her abilities were quickly identified by the team of dedicated volunteer coaches.

The leafy six-kilometer section of the Mersey that Warrington have made home meant she had a long stretch upon which to learn and hone her skills, and, as so often happens in grassroots sport, her first memories of winning were amongst friends.

“Despite not having a fancy boathouse and facilities we still had the grit, focus and had fun. We just made the boats go fast,” she explains, when sitting down with me a few days after her exploits in Varese. That much is certainly true; her junior career is the stuff of legend, the crowning highlight coming on the dappled waters of Dorney Lake as a winner of championship girls’ quads at the National Schools’ Regatta.


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