ROWING: Bottesford’s Callum comes back to competition

Callum Jones endures the pain with one kilometre still remaining at Boston.

Callum Jones endures the pain with one kilometre still remaining at Boston.

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Bottesford rower Callum Jones has returned to training and competition following a three month lay-off during the summer months.

Having represented Great Britain juniors under-19s for the past three years, he is now at Oxford Brookes University and is back into full time, six days a week training.

He has already competed in the British Championships at Holme Pierrepont, the 500-boat Fours Head on the boat race course on the Thames, and was in the fastest four and fastest eight last week in the Wallingford Head.

Callum began rowing when he was 11 years old and is still the holder of the world record for age 12 and under over 2km on an indoor rowing machine.

Representing Newark and later Nottingham Rowing Clubs, he won British Schools and National Championships, both indoor and outdoor, and last summer reached the final of the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Regatta when his St Edwards’ School eight broke the competition record in the final, only to be beaten by half a length.

Last Saturday, Callum competed in the GB rowing senior trials over the 5km course at Boston, Lincs. Up against the best senior and under-23 rowers including established GB and Olympic medallists, he and his partner Tim Grant represented Oxford Brookes and finished in 13th place, the highest placed under-23 pairing, with Callum the highest placed under-20 rower.

This week he was training at the GB headquarters on the Redgrave/Pincent Lake at Caversham where he hopes to continue his progress towards winning a place in the GB under-23 squad for summer international competition.