Katie Anderson and Sarah Portsmouth are celebrating a fantastic achievement in the coxless pairs at the GB Junior Rowing Trials.
The girls, one of twelve pairs across the country invited to the trials, finished second overall to a pair from Henley Rowing Club. They are now in the running for selection for either the World Championships in the Czech Republic or the international rowing regatta, Coupe de la Jeunesse.
The girls are following in the footsteps of many former pupils who have now gone on to row for their country.
Katie Anderson said: “I’m really pleased with our performance, which puts us second in the country and in with a great chance of selection in the summer.
“We have world class coaches and facilities at Yarm School and Mr Lund supports us all the way with training programmes and he’s always out on the water with us. It’s given us a real opportunity to be the very best we can.”
Sarah Portsmouth said: “We’re hoping to be invited to the training camp where we will be up for selection for GB France or the World Championships.
“The rowing facilities at Yarm School have enabled us to do so much more and the new Boathouse is beautiful. I’m really looking forward to seeing how far we can go, hopefully all the way to one of the major summer competitions.”
John Lund, Yarm School rowing coach, said: “The girls have achieved something remarkable, competing against the best scullers and rowers who are competing to try and represent their country.
“The future is theirs and I think that, if they choose to do so, they could go all the way, even as seniors representing the country. I am very proud of them, they are wonderful girls, very easy to coach and they train so hard they deserve their success.”