Just a matter of weeks after the water based athletes competed at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Lake they set off under the leadership of Community Rowing Coach Mark Bavington for a training camp on Lake Banyoles, Spain, venue for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The Times and Citizen sent their photographer along for next week’s hoped for article and whilst we wait for those pics to be sent to us, which will include the Woodfines and LWS banners, the one below will give you a flavour of what to expect – this is care of the Juniors Official Photographer, David Dixon – thanks David!
The team prepped their boats and equipment on Thursday afternoon and received a visit from David Russell, Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust which part funds the Community Rowing Coach along with new sponsors Dan Lewis of LWS Group plus David Webster and Nicola Adcock from Woodfines Solicitors. See below:
ABOVE: Getting involved – David Russell, Harpur Trust Chief Exec, David Webster, partner at Woodfines plus Marketing Manager Nicola Adcock and Dan Lewis, owner of LWS Group join in with the Times and Citizen ‘photocall’ to see the Juniors off ‘On Tour’.
Back in ’92 Star Club legends Tim Foster, Pete Mulkerrins and Jonny Singfield raced at the Games; Tim and Jonny rowed at 2 and stroke respectively in the GB 8 whilst Pete was in the bow seat of the coxed four – see pics below:
Tim Foster commented, ‘It’s really exciting seeing the opportunities that the Star Club programme is bringing these young people and their schools; racing on the London 2012 Olympic Lake a few weeks ago and now Banyoles in Spain where I competed with Pete and Jonny.’ Tim added, ‘It is great also to see how the programme is capturing the imagination of various local companies including LWS Group and now Woodfines Solicitors. This backs up the financial support from the Harpur Trust and Poynter Charitable Trust which meets the cost of Community Rowing Coach, Mark Bavington, and allows the programme to continue and grow. It is Olympic Legacy in action!’
Once again this is an opportunity provided for these young people via the Junior rowing programme which otherwise would be something they would be very unlikely to experience – in fact, we reckon there can be very few sports that offer young people the chance to compete and train on Olympic venues almost as a matter of course.
It also demonstrates the absolutely vital role played by Mark Bavington – this week he has been getting his own truck serviced and picking up the new Club trailer so that everyone has something to row in once he has driven the 1,600 kilometres to get there! There is of course the return trip to look forward too for him as well after a week of coaching and managing the juniors – plus getting involved in sponsor responsibilities – who said men can’t multi-task – Mark is the Swiss army knife of Star Club!!!
Pulling together with Mark will be Josh Rhodes-Hook as his non-driving co-pilot in the truck which Club stalwarts Simon White and Carl Matthews plus Rachel Crockford will fly out with the 28 athletes, juniors and seniors, who will have a week of challenging, intense training.
Immediately upon getting back from the 1,600 kilometre return trip Mark is straight off for the domestic training camp in Devon for a further 5 days with volunteer coaches John Jackson and David Osgood plus 11 athletes and ‘substitute mum’ for the week and another Swiss army knife, Jules Hanks.
Phew, I’m breathless writing and thinking about all that – please get involved, find sponsors, find email addresses, get involved in chat on this site – do something to help the future of our Club!