2012 hopes given cash boost for St Neots rower

JACQUI Round s hopes of making the 2012 London Olympics were given a financial boost after St Neots Rotary Club made a long-term commitment to the rower. The 21-year-old, who rows for St Neots Rowing Club, was presented with a cheque for £500 to support h

JACQUI Round's hopes of making the 2012 London Olympics were given a financial boost after St Neots Rotary Club made a long-term commitment to the rower.

The 21-year-old, who rows for St Neots Rowing Club, was presented with a cheque for £500 to support her on the road to the Olympics.

The donation will be followed by £500 each year until 2012 when Jacqui hopes to competed in the Olympic pairs or eights.

The former St Neots Community College pupil, who started rowing with the St Neots club when she was 10, trains twice a day in Nottingham where she is at university, and competes in eight trials a year.


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Jacqui, coached by Martyn Rooney, won her first national title in the women's junior 14 sculls at the National Championships and then went on to take gold and silver at the European Junior Championships. She has since won medals in a host of prestigious championships including the Henley Women's Regatta.

"The money will help fund the training camps that I attend in January and April," she said. "It will be a great help."

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Mike Andrews, Rotary club president, added: "The club is very pleased to be supporting Jacqui to help her towards her goal in 2012. We wish her every success."

Qualification for the London Olympics will take place during the World Championships in 2011.

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