Jess has competed for Great Britain in the last two Olympic Games. With Rio coming up next year, Putney Exchange and Jess have formed an exciting partnership and we’ll be following her progress!
As we power full force to the end of the rowing season for 2015, the World Championships are looming heavy on the horizon.
We’ve had a hectic couple of months, starting off with the European Rowing Championships, where my crew finished an unfortunate 5th place. Unluckily we did in what rowing terms is called “catching a crab” whereby the blade gets caught by the water and results in the oar flinging to a parallel position with the boat. Not ideal! We came back from there knowing we had a point to prove.
A few weeks later we went out to Italy to race in a World Cup Regatta. In our preliminary round (a heat) we were drawn against the World and Olympic champions, the USA. We knew we had some speed and started the race with gusto, leading the Americans for ¾ of the race we were eventually overhauled and they got us by 1 second on the line. This was great work by the team, and most certainly gave us the confidence to go on and take the Bronze medal in the final, behind the USA and a strong Canadian crew.
This past week we lined up once again alongside the Canadians at Henley Royal Regatta. One of our great British sporting events, we are so lucky to get the chance to race down such a historic course. The banks are lined with crowds, screaming for you, in some places just feet away. The Canadians were still too fast for us here, but we get to race them once more in the final World Cup Regatta in Lucerne this week!
This is a huge regatta and the last time we will get to test our boat speed against the best in the world before the World Champs in September.
We’re definitely looking forward to the challenge!