Rowing: Westover’s got young talent

After one of their most successful seasons in recent years, Westover & Bournemouth Rowing Club has linked with Harewood College and other local schools to focus on recruiting new, younger talent to take into the 2016 season.

With a growing contingent of J15 rowers who are set for big things on the water this year, they kicked off the season with two wins at the Head of the Stour race hosted by neighbouring club Christchurch. Also picking up two wins on the day was Michael Joscelyne who entered both divisions in his single scull.

So things were looking good for the WBRC youngsters as they travelled to Southampton Amateur Rowing Club on Saturday 9th of April for the last head race before the Hants and Dorset season begins. With the 5 kilometre course stretching along the winding river Itchen, winds had picked up on the morning of the race and it was a little choppy to say the least. But the squad of young men didn’t let that phase them and they put in some epic performances to win both the Novice four and J16 coastal quad categories.

Rowing against men of all ages, the crew that won at Novice were coxed by Libby Perry (Bournemouth & Poole College) and was made up of Dom Bihari (Harewood), Ben Chesterman (Harewood), Charlie Ranson (Twynham) and Connor Stone (Harewood). And the crew that won in the coastal quad was coxed by Piers Anderson (Portsmouth Uni) and was formed of Tom Cave (Harewood), Ben Chesterman, Dom Bihari and Nathan Prowles (Arnewood). Other members of the young group of rowers formed a second novice crew that followed closely behind their winning teammates.

Westover and Bournemouth RC will be looking to convert these fantastic wins into more silverware and championships throughout the 2016 season, and welcome any new members at year 11 or school-leaver age from the area to come and join their expanding squad.




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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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