Former YCRC junior and honorary life member, Lucy Edmunds, won a fantastic silver medal at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships last month
Lucy was one of 50 athletes selected in early July to represent GB at the championships in Sarasota, Florida, USA, rowing in the Women’s 8+. Having previously represented GB at junior level, and currently rowing at Yale University, Lucy’s selection was a brilliant achievement for a dedicated young rower.
The GB women executed their race for lanes excellently, securing second place and a favourable lane. The final, however, brought nail-biting drama as during the closing stages of a hard fought race, an equipment failure stopped one of the GB rowers from taking full strokes with 250m to go. The GB dug deep to hold off the USA and secure silver behind a strong Netherlands. A fantastic achievement for Lucy and her crew which showed that the future is bright for GB rowing – the W8+’s efforts helped GB top the medals table!
“We pushed the Dutch as hard as we could and held off the USA in the closing stages. It was our silver medal in the last race of the championships which helped GB top the medals table for the first time ever and I’m so proud of that.” Lucy said. “I was also delighted to be able to fly the flag for York City Rowing Club on the international stage. I hope what I’ve achieved might inspire more juniors at the club to reach for the top as well.”
All of us at YCRC are absolutely delighted at Lucy’s selecti
on and the wonderful result, and the continued development of her international career – well done Lu!