Wye star Ella wins GB Euro spot

Sunday 22nd May 2022 7:00 am

Yasmin Howe, right, Ella Bardsley Taylor left, racing for Ross

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JUNIOR rowing star Ella Bardsley Taylor will be launching out for Great Britain in Italy this weekend at the European U19 Championships.

The Ross Rowing Club teenager impressed in GB colours taking silver and bronze at the Munich Junior International Regatta on the 1972 2k German Olympic course earlier this month.

And she will be launching out again with Trentham sculler Megan Knight this weekend in Varese against the cream of the continent.

She’s not the only Ross RC product making waves, with her old double sculls partner Yasmin Howe helping Wycliffe to the U18 British Junior Sculling Head quadruple sculls title on the London Olympic course, followed by success at the same venue at the British Junior Scullery Regatta and the prestigious Wallingford Regatta.

Former Newent Community School pupil Ella, who now studies and rows at GB satellite centre Hartpury College, teamed up with Megan in Germany to first take bronze in the doubles in a really tight scrap.

A length behind the German winners, they finished only 0.6secs behind the second boat and 0.7secs up on fourth, with the sixth-placed Swiss duo only 1/2L back.

The quad with Lucy Thomson, Laura Burton and Ella Fullman then took silver 1 1/2L behind the Czech Republic and 2L ahead of Poland with Austria fourth.

Ella is just one of five GB rowers selected to race in Varese this weekend, and longer term will be hoping to return there in July for the World U19 Championships.

John Layng, Great Britain U19 Team manager, said: “After making their international debuts at Munich, where they gained their first valuable experience of high level racing, these five rowers can feel proud to represent Great Britain at these Championships.

“This event will allow them to take a further step forward in their international careers by testing themselves alongside the best European U19 rowers.”

Louise Kingsley, British Rowing Director of Performance, added: “The U19 squad performed well on their debuts in Munich and these five selected rowers have another opportunity to develop their international racing experience in Varese.

“I wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing the results come in!”

Meanwhile, Yasmin, who finished fourth in junior girls singles in April’s GB junior squad regatta, has already racked up a hat-trick of medals and cups this season at major events on the London 2012 course.

At the 530-boat British Junior Sculling Head consisting of two timed 2k pieces, her Wyclffe boat won the 43-boat women’s J18 quadruple sculls title by the smallest margin possible, overturning a 2.2 second deficit at the half-way mark to pip Henley RC by 0.1 seconds.

Two weeks ago at Wallingford Regatta, the boat won the same category beating Maidenhead school Claires Court in the six-boat final by a length with top London club Tideway Scullers third.

The next day at the British Junior Sculling Regatta, another epic race saw Wycliffe take bronze just 3/4L down on winners Marlow, with Shiplake second 1/3L ahead.

Meanwhile Ross RC members are taking part in a month-long endurance fundraiser called The Big Row, which aims to unite clubs to row the combined 24,000 mile distance around the world, in aid of providing rowing opportunities for under represented communities and youth projects.

And after the first week they were leading the nation, walking and running 230km to lead Bladerunners by 59km and Maidenhead by 94km.

To support their efforts, go to loverowing.enthuse.com and search for Ross Rowing Club.

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