City win Victor Ludorum at Ball Cup

City juniors winners at Ball Cup

The City juniors are celebrating after winning the Ball Cup South Regatta on Sunday. The juniors took to the waves at a windy Dorney Lake for the Ball Cup, a special and historic 750m, multi-lane regatta for small and emerging junior clubs.

Alice and Izzie Celebrate at Ball Cup
16 crews, from J13 to J18, progressed through the heats to qualify for their finals, with two narrow misses (one by only 1 second). By itself, this was a huge achievement in particular for some young and developing crews in their first off-Cam regatta and everyone raced with maturity and real commitment.

The finals started with Alice, who won the women’s J18 singles race in style to pick up the first gold medal of the day. Alice was shortly followed by the WJ16 girls’ quad of Izzie, Amy, Anna and Emma, who led to the finish to take gold ahead of Guildford. The WJ14 coxed quad continued to improve and learn how to race, really attacking the final to take a surprise bronze medal, improving more than 10 seconds from their heats. WJ16 Anna followed her gold in the quad with a silver in the single, this time losing out to Guildford. Alice then joined with Izzi to win gold in WJ18 doubles with a dominant and controlled performance.

Jack S and Jack G took the first medal for the boys, with a bronze in J16 doubles, missing out on the silver by less than a second. Amy and Emma continued the Guildford/City WJ16 battles in the doubles, taking gold with an assured race. The J16 boys then hit the water for a second time, with Jack S and Jack G joined by Harvey and Mycroft to put in a gutsy race to win J16 quads. The final race of the day was the WJ14 double of Camille and Ava, who (despite complications of a last-minute appeal and re-row of their heat just before the final), won with a determined and inspired race, taking gold in one of the closest races of the day.

The six gold, one silver and two bronze medals gave City the win in the Victor Ludorum by one point to Norwich Rowing Club. With 45 clubs competing, this was a huge achievement for the squad.

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