16 year old Luke Wren is a rower from Grantham.
Most memorable achievement:
My most memorable moment was being selected to represent the East Midlands in the Junior Inter-regional Regatta in the double sculls and then going on to win my first national Gold medal on the water.
In the last few weeks I’ve competed at Peterborough Summer Regatta and Bradford Sprint – Peterborough is a big regional competition, and I was nearly knocked out in the first round, but came through and won my event overall in the single. We also raced a junior quad in an adult event – as well as winning, we set a new adult course record by 6 seconds over 500m, which we were pretty pleased with! We won both events that we entered at Bradford Sprint, both in the under 18 single and the under 18 double. I’m next competing at Ancholme head, which is a 3k time trial next weekend.
Coming up in just over a month are the British early identification trials- this is a 5 kilometre time trial, which is my first step towards the GB squad and international competition for this year. Training has stepped up in the run up to the time trial season – the new programme has us on 5 days a week at the club, on top of our training at home. Hopefully this will all have paid off come the time of European and World Junior Champs!
I’ve left this update a little late, as I’ve been waiting for the result of the British Rowing Championships this weekend – we’ve spent the past couple of months training solely as a crew, with the intent of doing as well as we can in this competition. It’s with (slightly) mixed feelings that I’m reporting a silver medal for our crew after two days of racing, against a strong field – it was a fantastic result for the crew, and we feel that we’ve moved on a lot since our bronze at the National Schools’ regatta a month ago, but of course it would have been nice to win a gold at such a big event! With more training I can’t help but feel that we could have managed it, but I still can’t be too disappointed to win a medal at such a strong competition.
We’ve got the summer regatta season ahead of us now, with a number of races to look forward to and train for over the summer. I’m currently training six days weekly, with Tuesdays off – hard work, but it’s worth it to see an improvement in our performance. We were hoping to be representing Britain at the GB vs. France match this summer, but unfortunately we were knocked out in the trials – after weeks of drilling our racing starts, the trial was changed to a processional time trial on the day due to the poor conditions, and we failed to make the place.
After the summer regatta season, we’ve got another long winter of head racing and training, building up again to champs next year.
The winter tests your motivation to train; dark evenings mean the gym and ice can prevent getting on the water at weekends. In February I won a silver medal at the English Indoor Championships (2km on a rowing machine) and, following a weekend of 5km GB trials at Boston, I was selected for a place on a GB potential camp at Easter for the top 20 16 year olds who GB Rowing feel have the potential to take part in the European Cup or World Cup in 2013. I trained as stroke for the Newark J17 quad (rowing up a year) and we won bronze at the highly competitive National Junior Sculling Head on the Olympic Lake at Dorney. In rowing the J17 eight won the Head of the Trent Race, beating 8 adult (including 5 university) crews. At the end of March I won the silver medal at the British Indoor Rowing Championships.
Along with rowing partner, George Mitchell, I’ve been chosen to represent theEast Midlands, rowing as a J16 double, in the national Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in April. We are hoping to be medallists at this event. In the beginning of June the biggest national junior event, the National Schools Regatta takes place atNottingham, again I am hoping to gain a medal. At the end of June there will be selection for the J16 GB vFrancematch and I will be training hard in a bid to be selected to represent my country in the competition which takes place in July inFrance.
The funding provided by LEAP will be put to good use funding my place on the J16 GB Potential Sculling Camp at the National Water Sports Centre (Nottingham) over the Easter Holidays.