World quad place secured by rower Jess

Jess Leyden
Jess Leyden

TEENAGE rower Jess Leyden has been picked to race in a junior quad sculling crew for the World Rowing Junior Championships in early August.

Jess, a member of Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club, is still in the junior 16 age category but has been attending Great Britain trials since last October.

In the final trials two weeks ago she finished second in all age groups by 0.1 sec - a remarkable feat considering her age as the majority of girls are 17 or 18.

She has been trialling in a number of combinations - quads, doubles and singles, and competed at the Munich International regatta in April where she won a bronze medal in the quads race.

In early June at the Metropolitan regatta a different combination took second place in the women’s senior final.

In July she was in a quad that won gold at Henley Women’s Regatta in the Women’s Senior 4 event.

Jess is the first Hollingworth athlete to win at Henley.

These results stood her in good stead for the final trials where she was picked to represent Great Britain at the World Junior Championships.

Jess was also selected to race in the single scull at the Anglo/French match which is a Junior 16 event held at the Docklands London Rowing Centre last weekend.

She won her race convincingly by more than 23 seconds, in the process helping the GB Team to retain the Championship Cup which was taken to the final race of the day, the British men’s eight winning to take the cup by seven points to six.

The quad for the World Championships are training together at various camps right up to the event at Dorney Lake from August 4 - 7. This event is being used as a dry run for the Olympics which are to be held there next year.

On the domestic front Jess has competed well at many events, and taken a silver at the National Schools Regatta in a women’s double scull with Ashley Thornton and a gold in the single scull event.