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Monday, 25 May 2015

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TWO members of Queen Elizabeth High School’s successful rowing club took a step closer to realising their international dreams.

For both Milly Dickinson and Amy Bowman are among the 18 girls invited to a three-day national training camp in April to identify future Great Britain junior crew members.

The girls had impressed in a series of gym assessments and indoor rowing sessions, but also demonstrated their ability in gym and water based assessments in front of a team of GB assessors in Boston, Lincolnshire.

While they were successful, teammates Harriet Aubrook and Lucy Ryan unfortunately missed out.

It has been a good week for Milly Dickinson as she set a new north regional record when she took gold in the J16 event at the Indoor Regional Rowing Championships, at Durham University.

She was closely followed by Amy Bowman who claimed silver, while Gwyn Howroyd claimed bronze in the J17/18 age groups.

Other athletes from QEHS putting in great performances to record personal bests were Charlie Richards, Oscar Hipkin, Bethany Hickling and Sophie Speed.

Meanwhile, 22 QE rowers competing in trials for the Northern team for the national regional competition in April made it another successful event for the school.

They won the WJ16 coxed four, the WJ16 coxless quad, WJ15 coxed four and the WJ14 coxed quad.

The win for the WJ15 team of Jenny Holmes, Chloe Smith, Helena Forster, Abigail Thomson and Rosie Box was an outstanding result as they had only just started to gain experience in the sweep boat.

The WJ14 crew of Francesca Harrison, Tilly Marples, Sophie Speed, Bethany Hickling and Megan Ashford demonstrated excellent technique for a recently formed crew, with two girls only starting out rowing in September.

Crews who just missed out in the competition was the WJ15 double of Hannah Pinkney and Sophie Lynch, and Tom Barnes in the J15 single.