St Neots rowers shine on world stage

STARS from St Neots Rowing Club have been collecting medals on the world stage — again. Jacqui Round, 21, picked up a bronze medal at the World U23 Championships, in Brandenburg, Germany as part of a Great British coxless fours crew. Elsewhere, St Neots r

STARS from St Neots Rowing Club have been collecting medals on the world stage - again.

Jacqui Round, 21, picked up a bronze medal at the World U23 Championships, in Brandenburg, Germany as part of a Great British coxless fours crew.

Elsewhere, St Neots racer Jo Fitzsimons struck bronze in the coxless four for GB at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, and Natalie Bream picked up two silvers at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Cork.

St Neots and Great Britain coach Martyn Rooney said: "Success in three different international competitions has continued an excellent year for St Neots.


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"Following on from a win at the women's Henley Regatta, this is just reward for the hard work of the rowers and their coaches, particularly Andy Major and Clive Emmerson."

Round's medal came in her third appearance at the World Championships, and was her second bronze medal on the world stage. She helped her crew battle against the Australian and Dutch crews, with the Dutch crew just pipping the British boat.

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Fitzsimons, who finished sixth at the 2007 Junior World Championships in Beijing, was selected as stroke in the coxless four and led the team in a final surge that saw them pipped to the silver medal by Italy.

Representing GB at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Ireland, Bream, Bethany Astell and Polly Hetherington enjoyed mixed fortunes.

Hetherington was able to race only once in the coxless fours before picking up a wrist injury, while Astell finished in sixth as part of the coxless fours on Saturday and fourth on Sunday.

However Bream, who was also suffering from a wrist injury which interfered with her preparation, claimed silver medals on both Saturday and Sunday.

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