ROWING: Bottesford teen Callum selected for GB at World Championships

BOTTESFORD teenager Callum Jones has again been selected to row for Great Britain at the Junior (Under-19) World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria next month.

Sixteen-year-old Callum represented GB in last summer’s Juniors World Championships and again in Munich earlier this year. Despite that he, along with all other promising young rowers, were put through the same rigorous selection process that applies to all levels of GB rowing.

Starting with 5km single sculling trials at Boston in November, followed by pairs rowing over the same course in February, the selection process led to four days’ intensive trials at Holme Pierrepont in April and a pairs competition at Eton Dorney in June.

Finally, earlier this month, more than 50 rowers (single oar) and 20 scullers were invited to another five days of intensive trials at Holme Pierrrepont, culminating in the selection of 14 rowers and four scullers for the World Championships.

Callum has now begun a month’s intensive training and preparation on the River Thames at Pangbourne and at the Redgrave/Pincent GB rowing lake and headquarters at Caversham, before departing for Bulgaria where temperatures could reach 39 degrees centigrade.

l Following his return from the World Championships, Callum and his school friend Sam Macdonald-Smith intend to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 10 days to raise money for Help for Heroes. To support them go to www.justgiving.com/SamMacdonald-SmithCallumJonesTip2Tip