St Neots Rowing Club
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|St Neots Rowing Club|
|Location||St Neots, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom|
|Home water||River Great Ouse|
|St Neots Regatta, St Neots Small Boats Head|
|Laurie Evans, Bethany Astell, Philippa Neill, Jacqui Round, Jo Fitzsimons|
Training for competitive rowing is believed to have started in St Neots in 1865 with the first recorded open regatta held on August Bank Holiday in 1874. They were very successful and popular events and continued annually until 1882.
St Neots Rowing Club is one of the most successful clubs in the country for producing junior international rowers. The Club has provided a member of the Great Britain squad for the World Junior Championships ten times – winning two gold medals and two bronze medals. In 2010, Bethany Astell and Philippa Neill both won a gold medal in the Women’s Eight at the World Junior Championships, taking the club’s count of world champions to three.
The Club’s first ever world champion, Jacqui Round, came about when she won gold in the Women’s Eight at the World Under-23 Championships in 2009. Jacqui had competed at another two World Under-23 Championships prior to her victory in 2009, winning a bronze medal in 2008. Jacqui also won two gold medals at the Youth Olympics. This feat was repeated a couple of years later by Jo Fitzsimons at the same venue.
On top of this, St Neots have provided eleven rowers for the Great Britain squad in the annual GB vs France J16 Match, and 21 rowers for crews in the Home Countries International, including five winning gold medals in 2009.
SNRC has a large boathouse (rebuilt after severe gales in 1976 which completely demolished the boathouse and destroyed the club's fleet of boats) The Club rows on a 4km stretch of the River Great Ouse and races in eights, fours, quads, doubles, pairs and single sculls with a fleet of excellent racing shells and several training boats.
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