British medallists

TWO young Bideford rowers have been making their mark in prestigious indoor events, with English and European victories.

Charlie White has had a busy few weeks, starting with an outstanding performance by winning his category at the English Championships in Manchester. He followed this up by winning his age group at the Devon& Inter-Regional Schools championships in Plymouth, representing Bideford College.

His most recent success saw him row to victory in the Junior 14 boys event at the British and European Indoor Rowing Championships held in Nottingham.

Bideford Blues clubmate Alice Jackson, a pupil at Kingsley school, also competed at Nottingham in the British and European championships and won the Junior 18 ladies event.

Alice last year represented England on the water at a home international in Scotland.

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The Nottingham event also brought success for two members of the Bideford Reds rowing club.

Kathy Lewis gained sixth place in the Women’s Open category in what was her first indoor rowing competition.

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She only began ergo training for the event at the start of December.

Jeff Gay secured a season’s and a near lifetime best by pulling 6 minutes, 34.2 seconds to gain 12th place in the Men’s 40–44yrs Heavyweight Division in a strong international field.

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