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A Monmouth Comprehensive student is looking forward to taking part in the trial process to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro next year following her recent Great Britain success. Emily Richards has gained her first Great Britain Cap after taking gold along with her teammates in the quadrupe sculling at the European Championships. The journey started 12 months ago when there was a lot of training and her first GB trial when she managed to hold her own against some very tough opponents and won a place in the Great Britain Potentials Training Camp in France. Several more trials combined with the never-ending training of core strength circuits, weights and ergos made for a long winter’s preparation for the summer season. This type of training is a key focus for the junior women as Great Britain Rowing push the triallists to raise their standards for international rowing. Then, Emily was finally chosen in the top 20 in the country for the finals trials at the Great Britain Training Centre near Reading. Emily said: “I felt this was an amazing achievement in itself as I spent so long off the water with the floods at Christmas, which the River Wye is so well known for. I was able to stay within the top 10 girls throughout the entire process. “The final trials were hard work with lots of head to head racing over four physically intense and mentally draining days.” In the end, the athletes were left to worry as the coaches had a summary meeting which went on and on, it was a heart breaking moment for those who didn’t make it. But Emily qualified. “I was ecstatic with my Mum there with me to celebrate the moment,” she said. She returned home for a couple of days in order to pack, and then a three week training camp in Marlow with her new crew followed. After an opening ceremony and a nervous wait for their first race in the the European Championships, they won their first heat in the fastest time at the Coupe de la Jeuness. The crew then went into the final. After a hard and fast start, they gained a small lead stretching out to a length’s lead at halfway when the crews behind began to chase hard, but were unable to catch them up, leaving Emily’s team to take the gold medal. “Standing on the podium with the national anthem playing was an experience I will never forget. It made all the training and major financial costs worthwhile for my parents and me,” added Emily.

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