With the appointment of Mr George Maitre as Director of Rowing, the Boat Club is entering a new phase. The coaching team are stronger than ever, aided by Rio Olympic gold medallist Matt Gotrel MBE.
The season has started well with two wins at Worcester Small Boats Head. All of the current group of pupils are training and competing in singles and doubles before bigger crew boat categories get formed later in the year. Hugo Oglina in his single scull and Jago MacInnes and Tommy Haddock in their double scull both won their events on a particularly tough 4.5km race on a fast-flowing section of the River Severn. Others racing were Izzy Kemp and Molly Corbet in a double scull and James Wheeler, James Taylor-Kimmins and Tommy Ladds also raced in singles, all of whom learnt a great deal in what were very tricky conditions.
The Boat House at Tewkesbury is undergoing a radical redevelopment including a new roof and first-floor renovation, which will be followed by a second phase that will create a new workshop to better enable our Boatman, Jed Greenhouse, to maintain the fleet. With this investment, a training room will be created at the Boathouse so when the River Severn is flooded the pupils still have a viable training alternative to switch to. This new space, which the pupils can call the home of the Boat Club, will once again display a large amount of historic rowing memorabilia, which is currently in safe keeping in Archives.
With a new drive for the pupils to learn more in small boats the focus is now to equip the fleet to enable this to happen. We have recently purchased four new Wintech single sculls to bolster this part of the fleet, which is currently our Achilles heel, and there is a long-term plan to continue development in this area. The aim is to rejuvenate the House Pots competition in small boats and a Tewkesbury Regatta, returning our beautiful stretch of water to a thriving rowing hub once again.