BOTTESFORD rower Callum Jones experienced competition at Henley Royal Regatta for the first time last week.
Rowing at number seven in his St Edward’s School eight, 15-year-old Callum and his team were one of the 32 qualifiers for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for eights under 19 years old, including three teams from the USA and two from Germany,
All competitions at Henley were head-to-head knockouts, rowed in front of large crowds over the 2.11km course on the River Thames. In the first round on Wednesday, Callum helped St Edward’s beat Reading Blue Coat by three lengths and the following day they won by three-quarters of a length against Hampton.
In Friday’s quarter-finals, St Edward’s lost by two lengths to Abingdon who went on to win the competition and also set a new record time.
Two weeks ago in the Marlow Regatta, Callum’s St Edward’s team competed against 40 other eights to win the IM3 Vase competition at Eton Dorney, having led from start to finish in both heat and final against university and club teams from UK, Ireland and the USA.
Callum will be competing at Holme Pierrepont in final trials next week in an effort to gain selection to the Great Britain junior under-19 squad.