KING’S School pupil Luke Wren has been selected to represent Great Britain in a match against France at the Royal Docks in London next Sunday.
The annual international youth competition is for J16s (Year 11) and Luke, who is only Year 10, was entered for the trials on Sunday by his Newark Rowing Club coach as a way for him to gain experience of international-level trials.
It should prove invaluable in the run up to the start of the GB trials process for next year’s rowing World Cup and the Coupe de Jeunesse, which is the European Cup for the youth teams.
His coach said that he thought Luke would do well at the trials but did not expect him to be selected because of the age disadvantage. However, Russell Slatford, one of the GB team managers, called Luke on the Sunday evening and told him how impressed they had been by his trial and offered him a place on the team.
For the three days prior to the competition, Luke will be attending a GB training camp where he will work with some of the top coaches in the country and gain useful experience to help him as he works towards his ambition of representing his country in next year’s Junior Rowing World Cup.