ROWING: Bottesford’s Callum aims for under-23 Worlds

Callum Jones
Callum Jones

Bottesford’s Callum Jones is bidding to row for Great Britain under-23s at next year’s World Championshps.

Now based in Oxford, the 19-year-old former Belvoir High School student represented GB at under-19 level for three years.

Since winning a gold medal at Henley Royal Regatta in the summer, Callum’s autumn successes have included being in the winning university eight with Oxford Brookes University in the British Championship Regatta at Nottingham, and finishing second in the under-23 coxless fours at the same event. His Oxford Brookes coxless four finished fourth in the Elite class in the Fours Head over the reverse boat race course on the Thames in London.

The road to international selection for the GB under-23s started at the weekend in Boston where, on Saturday, more than 100 contenders were required to row indoor rowing machine for two kilometres.

Callum set a new personal best of 6min 16sec to qualify for the river rowing the following day.

Despite single oar sweep rowing being Callum’s rowing discipline these days, all those wishing to qualify for the GB teams were required to single scull the 5km course on the River Witham.

Rowing against the best senior and under-23 rowers, he finished a creditable 34th.

There will be further tests in trials at Boston in December and February, before regatta racing trials in April finally decide the make-up of the under-23 squad for World Championships.