KING’S Ely student Holly Lancaster is a step closer to being selected for the Great British Rowing Junior Team.

Holly, 16, a student at King’s Ely Senior, was invited to compete in the Great British Rowing Junior Team trials in Boston, Lincolnshire, earlier this month. Holly was encouraged to enter after she exceeded her 5km GB erg target and the trials saw the top J16 and J18 rowers from across the country competing over two days.

On the Saturday, Holly, who is from Ely, raced against the top thirty under 16 rowers in the country over a 5km time trial. Following her race plan and focusing on the process of moving the boat well, Holly exceeded all expectations by coming 5th in the event. On the Sunday, Holly then went into a scratch double with Mia O’Donnell from Becket Rowing Club (placed 18th in the single), against crews and combinations that had been preparing for this event for several weeks. Holly again showed her versatility and ability to adapt to new and different rowing partners to place 10th in the double sculls event.

Overall, Holly was ranked as the 5th fastest single sculler at the event, which she is hoping will be sufficient for her to be selected for the GB Rowing Junior Under 16 Camp in March.

Head of Rowing at King’s Ely, Mark Beer, commented: “To finish 5th in Great Britain in any sporting event is a fantastic achievement. It is a real testament to Holly’s drive, determination and willingness to challenge herself both on and off the water. Holly is only at the beginning of her rowing career and this is a great platform for her to work from to strive for further success, grow as both an individual and leader within the boat club.”


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