Oar-Some Achievement for Kate
Upper Sixth Former Represents Great Britain at the Munich Junior Regatta.
Upper Sixth Former Kate Lyster has confirmed her status as one of the country’s top rowers, representing Great Britain at the Munich Junior Regatta from 6-7 May. Kate raced in two boat categories, coming 5th in the Junior Women's Double Sculls with Beth Wilford-Dutton (Northwich), and second in the in the Junior Women's Quad with Zoe Adamson (Hartpury College), Lottie Orr (Henley RC) and Beth Wilford-Dutton (Northwich). The team narrowly missed 1st place by 1.5 boat lengths, having had to pull it back from 4th with just 750m to go.
The regatta, which attracts an international field, takes place annually on the Olympic regatta course. Kate said: "My first experience of international racing was very exciting and eye-opening to the high standard of racing among international crews. I can't wait for more races like this in the future."
The 18-year-old was selected for the GB Rowing team's 'Start' talent identification programme back in 2015 – following in the footsteps of Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who both learned to row on the Start programme and went on to win gold at London 2012.
From now until July, Kate has a busy training and race timetable, as well as sitting A Level exams in Art (Fine Art), Art (Critical and Contextual Studies), and English Language & Literature. She hopes to read Art and History of Art at Reading University.
At the end of this month she will be racing at the National Schools’ Regatta at Dorney Lake, Berkshire - the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain - then at both Henley Women's Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta in June.
The GB Junior Trials in early July are an opportunity for the 18-year-old to take part in set boat categories with the aim of selection for either the 2018 Junior European Championships (Coupe de la Jeunesse) in Belgium, or the Junior World Championships in Lithuania.
Good luck Kate – in both your A Levels and in your future rowing career - we look forward to following your progress as an OK!