Local rowers put Ely on the map again with medal-winning performances at last week’s British Rowing Indoor Championships.
Nicki Glen from Isle of Ely led from ahead to win gold in both the 2k and 500m W60 events, while Millie Hurrell delivered an impressive silver in the Year 10 girls’ 500m sprint, and a further bronze in the timed 5 minute event.
The Championships were able to go ahead in a Covid-safe way thanks to some innovation and tech, competitors raced each other in real-time, but in their own homes, with their rowing machines connected to race control via the internet.
Both rowers showed great focus to compete at a national level in an unusual race – without the usual roaring crowds. Their results are testament to hard training, despite this year’s challenges. Nicki and Millie enjoy the support of training with their Isle of Ely teammates in normal times.
To train through lockdown, Nicki was coached (remotely) by Duncan McCulloch, and Vicky Parry of the juniors coaching team supported Millie with regular Zoom and telephone sessions.
Nicki says, “A big thanks to everyone at the club, this would have never happened if I hadn’t joined the ‘learn to row’ and been welcomed into such a friendly club that believes rowing is for everyone, no matter your age or size.”
Press release from Isle of Ely Rowing Club