SCULL sensation Toby Rudkin has won another gold medal while representing Team GB at the Great Britain versus France rowing match on Sunday July 15.
Toby (16) beat French national junior cadet Maxime Ducret by over half a length in the J16 1,500 metres single scull at the Olympic park in Gravelines, France. He was chosen to represent Great Britain after impressing the selection panel with a number of national and international successes while rowing for King’s Ely this season.
Team GB won a total of 9 out of the 13 races, securing the first overall win for Great Britain since 2009. It was also the first time that the girls have beaten their French rivals in 12 years.
Head of Rowing at King’s Ely, Liam Smith, who is Toby’s rowing coach said: “Toby has had an excellent season and should be really proud of his recent win in France.”
He added: “As a way to celebrate the end of a highly successful season for King’s Ely rowers, we will be holding a high-profile spectator boat race on the 1km straight of the Great River Ouse on September 22, and we would really like members of the public to come and watch and show their support.
“Visitors will also get the chance to meet BBC and Olympic rowing commentator Dan Topolski, the former Oxford University coach, who will be officiating the races.”
The regatta will start at around 2.30pm and will be followed by drinks at the Boathouse restaurant, which has kindly agreed to host a reception, where all spectators are welcome. Parking will be available on the school fields, which is within walking distance from the viewing area.