Hills Road Sixth Form College crews ready to take on challenge of Schools' Head of the River Race
Hills Road Sixth Form College crews will be taking to the Schools’ Head of the River Race on the Tideway in force this Friday (March 15).
In the major national event that attracts entries from across the country, they will be represented by 40 rowers, making up two girls’ crews and three boys’ boats.
The crews have been training with Cantabrigian Rowing Club throughout the winter, and for many of the team it will be their maiden experience on such a stage.
Lorna McBride, the Hills Road girls’ captain, said: “For many of the team, this will be their first national race.
“The crews are all excited to race in such a big event, and hope to use this as a chance to prove their abilities.
“It’s also a great chance for new coxes to develop their skills, giving them the chance to practise on a bigger river. They have also been working hard in the run-up to the race, practising closely with their crews.
“I’m really proud of everyone and all the effort they’ve put in. I know everyone has been working really hard, and I hope to see it pay off in the race on Friday.”
Hills Road crews: Men’s first boat – Bow Laurence Beauregard, Ethan Collier, Sam Askew, Joshua Pearson, Jeremy Austin, Jed Beynon, Robert Steyn, stroker Phil Sosnin, cox Emily Staplehurst; Men’s second boat – Bow Sonny Osman, Joel Newsam, Borisz Kantor, Joe Comyn, Bertie Wilkinson, JP Levick, Alex Hunjan, stroke George Lawn, cox Anthony Austin; Men’s third boat – Bow Kane Blake, Connor Nicol, Omar El-Hallwani, Matt Mellor, Maxim Braunschweiler, Will Crawford, Emanuel Merhad, stroke Luke Vanderstay, cox Maria Cavalcanti; Women’s first boat – Bow Lucy Jennion, Amy Hill, Mia Beauchamp, Zara Parr, Jessie Hassett, Katie Oliver, Lorna McBride, stroke Freya Sutcliffe, cox Charlotte Parr; Women’s second boat – Bow Eva James, Ghazal Seidi, Ruby Page, Michelle Santos, Sirena Neaves, Emma Stephens, Catherine Morley, stroke Cass Baumberg, cox Emily Walker.