Norwich Rowing Club crew won Gold at the National Championships

4th August 2013

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BNI Kett member David Ashcroft forms part of the Norwich Rowing Club crew that won Gold at the National Championships and Henley Masters recently in E (55+ division) Quad. OUr stroke Vigi Audinis also won the single sculls in the D (50 +). We are now training hard for the World Champs in Varese, Italy in 5-8 September. Its all very competitive with previous Olympians and GB oarsmen entering from all over the world. As its a non-traumatic sport they race up to 80+ now. They just go slower!

Norwich Rowing Club heading for more gold?

Norwich Rowing Club had one of their most successful years at the recent Henley Masters Regatta bringing home 2 gold medals.


Henley Masters is the high spot of the British rowing calendar attracting crews from USA, Holland, France, Germany, South Africa and even as far away as Hong Kong. Competition is extremely tough with oarsmen and women aged from 27 to 80+.


‘As rowing is a non-traumatic sport’ said David Ashcroft of Norwich Rowing Club ‘rowers don’t get the severe injuries that contact sports inflict. Masters race in 5 year age categories based on the average age of the crew. As this attracts Olympians, internationals and good club rowers competition is extremely fierce. No quarter is asked or given!’ 


The Norwich Men’s E (average age 55+) Quad followed on from their gold medal won at the Nottingham National Championships by winning gold at Henley. ‘We had 3 fantastic rows’ said Robert Conway ‘beating our rivals in some close racing. It was the first race in this crew format and we really clicked putting together a great mixture of teamwork and power. In each race we had a very controlled start and then over powered the competition to win. It was a great feeling to win such an important regatta.’ The medal winning crew was Vigi Audinis (stroke), Nigel Kippin (3), David Ashcroft (2) and Robert Conway at bow steers.


Vigi Audinis had a busy regatta winning gold in the D (over 45) single sculls category. Again the competition was tough but he showed considerable skill and power to win.


‘This Norwich crew is showing considerable promise’ said Nigel Kippin ‘and we are now training hard for the World Masters Championships on 5th – 8th September in Varese, Italy. It is a great regatta with over 3000 competitors coming from all over the world. Our crew has gone from strength to strength and we feel confident that we can put up a very good race. With other crews also racing in Italy, it is the strongest Norwich Rowing Club team ever entered clearly showing the increasing depth and quality throughout the club.’


Other Norwich Rowing club crews also competed very well at the Henley Masters.  The Pairs crew of John Friend and Max Heron reached the Final and 2 crews reached the semi-finals. These were the F (over 60) Quad of Jim Miller (stroke), Robert Weston (3), Clive Bound (2), and David Wynne (bow steers) and the coxed 4 of John Friend (stroke), Jo Magrath  (3), Robert Weston (2), Max Heron (bow) and Julie Vale (cox).


This considerable success follows the growth of Norwich Rowing Club over recent years in every age group and level of rowing from Novice to Elite racers as well as recreational rowers. In the last 4 years the membership has doubled with over 85% of the members actively participating, keeping fit and thoroughly enjoying the outdoors experience. Everyone is a winner in their own way at Norwich Rowing Club.