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Stratford Boat Club's top performers handed President's Sculls trophies





THERE was plenty to celebrate at Stratford Boat Club with the presentation of trophies for the winners of the President’s Sculls competition run over 2020 and 2021 due to the interruption caused by Covid-19.

Freya Watts (junior trophy winner) and Jack Blatcher (adaptive trophy winner) pictured with head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney, far left, president Paul Stanton, far right, J17/18 coach Abi Terry, centre, and multiple junior squad members. Photo: Mark Williamson S88/9/21/6644
Freya Watts (junior trophy winner) and Jack Blatcher (adaptive trophy winner) pictured with head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney, far left, president Paul Stanton, far right, J17/18 coach Abi Terry, centre, and multiple junior squad members. Photo: Mark Williamson S88/9/21/6644

The men’s trophy was won by Tim Lunel and Heather Hayton took home the ladies’ trophy, however, neither of them could attend.

The winner of the junior trophy was Freya Watts, who came through her fiercely fought heats to win against her fellow clubmates, including some who were older than her.

Meanwhile, the adaptive trophy, recycled from head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney’s own collection, was won by Jake Blatcher for his dedication and input to the adaptive squad over the last two years as well as his marked improvement in sculling and rowing.

Club president Paul Stanton said: “We are indebted to the Rose family for the original trophies, which have again been recycled/repurposed for the presentation.

“Albert George Gerald Rose was the original benefactor and everyone knew him as Sonny and was captain of the club in the early 1930s, and rowed in many winning fours.

"Sonny owned and ran The Boat House (now Avon Boating) next door. Tim’s pot is dated 1929, which Sonny won at Nottingham, and Heather’s pot dates from 1927 and was awarded as the President’s Sculls.

“Jake’s second trophy dates back to 1928 and was when Sonny won the Maiden Fours at Stratford’s own regatta.

“Freya’s trophy dates from 1929 and appropriately was won by Sonny in the Junior Fours race at Ross Regatta where Freya raced last week with some considerable success.”

The club is now looking forward to its own Covid-safe regatta this Saturday, with racing starting at 8am.



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