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MONMOUTH School rower Will England will be going for gold when he launches out for Great Britain at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany, next month. The 18-year-old, who was the school’s Head Boy last year, finished joint top oarsman on stroke side at the final trials at the national team’s Caversham headquarters. And he’ll be following in the stroke puddles of two former world junior champions from the school, in the shape of Richard Rogers, who landed gold in the GB coxless four in 1991 in Barcelona, and Tom Lucy, who took the title in the same boat in 2006 in Amsterdam before going on to claim Olympic silver in the GB 8 in Beijing. Will (pictured above with his GB trials prize) is not the only Wye rower who will be racing for GB in the next few weeks, with Monmouth Comprehensive School’s Emily Richards selected for the girls’ junior quadruple scull in the 12-nation European Coupe de la Jeunesse in France, alongside Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne from St Weonards, who trained at Monmouth Rowing Club last summer holidays. And nine Monmouth School and Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls pupils, including Will’s sister Pippa, will also be racing for Wales and England this weekend in the Home Countries Regatta in Cork, Ireland, plus one Monmouth Comprehensive pupil. Will’s school coach Robin Fletcher said: “He’s worked his socks off and we’re really proud of him. “He’s only 12 stone racing 15 stone guys, but he’s been right at the top of the pile all the way through the season’s trials and won the pairs at April’s GB junior squad regatta.  “Will’s got a great power to weight ratio and fantastic determination and heart. He's a cool customer and a great racer who never gets phased by the pressure of racing or trialling. “We are absolutely delighted and hopefully he can medal like Richard and Tom before him.” Will, who lives in Monmouth, raced for GB last year in the Coupe in Switzerland and won two bronze medals in the pair, and this year helped his coxed four win Monmouth School’s first Championship title in exactly 30 years at the National Schools Regatta. And with the exact formation of GB’s boats still to be decided, he’ll go in either the eight or the coxed four when the five-day event gets under way on 6th August. Meanwhile Emily Richards will win her first GB vest in France from 1st to 3rd August, having burst onto the scene at last year’s British Junior Championships when she landed the girls’ U16 singles title. The 17-year-old from Staunton, who is coached by rowing master Dan Cowton, will race twice in her boat against the likes of France, Italy, Spain and Poland, and follows Sarah Jones, who raced for GB in the early 1990s, as the second rower from the school to don British junior colours. Monmouth School rowers Alex Buhaenko, Rory Freeman and Morgan Gray will be rowing for Wales alongside Monmouth Comprehensive pupil Oliver Pearce, and will line up against their club cox Gabriel Cronin who goes for England. Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls racers Amelia Baldwin, Emma Richardson, Charlotte Gill, Pippa England and cox Hannah Green also go for Wales in a four, eight and quadruple scull.

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Will powers way into GB team

MONMOUTH School rower Will England will be going for gold when he launches out for Great Britain at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany, next month.


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