Junior Squad & Masters Squad

 

Perhaps the most successful sections of Lymington ARC over the last decade, the Junior Squad and Masters Squad cater for ages 13-18 & over 40's respectively. 

Since 2008, LARC has coached some successful junior rowers who have remained with the club and some continue to represent in the senior divisions. 

The two most successful juniors from the club are Livvi Bull & Lucy Taylor who went on to win the Ladies Junior Pairs championship in 2016, with Bull also securing the Senior Pairs title with Katie Martin in 2017. 

Ryan Chalk, son of World Masters champion Kenny, was still a junior when he helped win the Men's Novice Sculls championship in 2014, which he won alongside Joe Bull & Alex Barnes, who'd both come through the junior program at the club. 

Junior rowers are coached voluntarily by certified coaches from the clubs and are taught how to correctly scull and row to a high standard, using well maintained equipment from the club. They are eased into regional races at either J16 or J14 level with most then being able to hold their own against the adults in the novice categories. 

Some, like Evie pictured above with her winning Masters crew, also get the chance to cox with other junior crews or the adults which is a fantastic experience for them and helps them to develop as both a rower and an individual. 

Joe Bull, Max Hishon & Lewis Butchers have all won the prestigious Cox of the Year titles whilst in the junior section of the club, with Bull also being a runner up for the competition in 2011. 

Masters racing in the HDARA begins with the over 40's, where there is still a championship available, and continues into the over 50's for non-championship racing. 

In recent years, a number of Lymington's best rowers have moved into the veteran category of the association and this has allowed the club to dominate the over 50's category since 2009. 

LARC won the Veteran Over 50's class at the SCC three years in a row from 2009 - 2011 and then again in 2014 and 2017 at Dorney Lake (with the over 50's crew also finishing in the top 3 of the over 40's race in both years), picking up the majority of the wins during the main season as well.

As far as the Veterans Championship goes, which is now named 'Masters', Lymington were runner's up in 2009 and 2011 but have a strong crew currently training towards attempting to win the title in 2018 (fingers crossed!).

To get involved with either the junior section (either for young rowers or to help as volunteer) please contact Pete Lock via secretary@lymingtonrowingclub.com, who can also be contacted for further information about Masters rowing. 

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