The new-look Upper Thames Women’s squad have had a very successful first year training with the Men’s squad as part of an integrated club Senior Squad.
Most recently Alice White, Georgie Haycraft, Lizzie Williams and Natasha Harris White qualified for the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Considering Georgie started rowing for the first time last autumn this is an extraordinary achievement, since the Princess Grace is an open event, meaning top international crews are involved.
This fantastic result comes on the back of reaching the final at Henley Women’s Regatta the previous week, when Georgie and Alice beat off stiff competition before losing out to an Elite Molesey Double Scull at the final hurdle.
In Ghent Alice was joined by Pippa Birch in U23 Double sculls to win gold and the squad turned in a number of notable second places throughout the season.
Particularly pleasing has been the integration of developing female athletes such as Sam Earle and Phyllis Barter, who both won their novice pots in their singles in 2015. Phyllis will be trialling for a slot in the Anglo-French match next week as, being just 15 years old, she is eligible to race.
Next season the plan is to continue developing the Senior Squad by including more women in full squad training with the men.