Devon County Squads Announced – Tribute County Championships

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Build up to the first National County Championships is happening in Devon as squads for the 2018 event have been announced.

 

Chairman Steve Lock had this to say “The Devon CPGA was formed back in January this year, after the CPGA reaching out to counties and areas to form crews for the up-and-coming regatta in June this year. This was a challenge that was readily accepted by Devon and we duly went ahead and formed a small committee after a brief meeting in Tiverton, in a pub of course. The steering committee consisted of Sarah Free as Vice-Chair and David Waters as Secretary. I have had the pleasure to Chair this hard working committee as they have ploughed on to get to the stage of selected crews for each category required by the CPGA. We have been joined by experienced Coxes and Coaches, these being Linda Stella, John Whitlock and Wally Walton to complete the task of getting Devon ready for June 9th. We have also managed to secure a small sponsorship by way of seats, foot straps and racing vests from DerryairSeats. We feel we are in a position now to make good representation of our county and look forward to the event immensely. Our first training camps commence this week. Who knows, perhaps we can have a dedicated event next year.”

 

The selected squads are named below:

 

Ladies U18

Sophie Blackburn – Teign

Eleanor Ward – Barnstaple

Bess Ashworth – Brixham

Amie Hannah – Ilfracombe

Caitlin Haughton – Appledore

Chloe Beer – Appledore

 

Cox – David Waters – Ilfracombe

 

Men’s U18

 

Jake Liversidge – Ilfracombe

Joe Filer – Ilfracombe

Ben Sanders – Appledore

Alexander Charters – Appledore

Keegan Boudier – Ilfracombe

Joe Nisbett – Brixham

 

Cox – David Waters  – Ilfracombe

 

Ladies’ Open (Pictured in main photo)

 

Sarah Free – Teign

Amy Elliott – Salcombe

Rachel Fitzgerald – Cattewater

Sarah Thomas – Appledore

Tess Preston – Dart

Sarah Eveleigh – Ilfracombe

Jenni Hatchard – Teign

 

Cox – John Whitlock – Salcombe

 

 

Men’s Open

 

Richard Lock – Salcombe

Leigh Marquardt – Appledore

Tom Trapnell – Torridge

Will Farrer – Teign

Liam Hassard – Dart

Simon Frost – Ilfracombe

Chris Walter – Barnstaple

 

Cox – David Waters – Ilfracombe

 

Ladies’ Vets

 

Catherine Lake – Ilfracombe

Zoe Green – Appledore

Donna Timmis – Salcombe

Alison Bland – Dart

Cat Miller – Teign

Charlie Smith – Cattewater

Jackie Webster – Barnstaple

 

Cox – Wally Walton – Teign

 

 

Men’s Vets

 

Stuart Dagley – Ilfracombe

Dave Johnson – Teign

Andy Burfitt – Teign

Robert Horrell – Appledore

James Timmis – Salcombe

Jason Nickels – Salcombe

Chris Gale – Dart

 

Cox – Linda Stella – Appledore

 

Head Selector and Secretary David Waters adds “It has been a real pleasure to be involved with the Devon CPGA committee over the last 5 months. The response we have had from Devon rowers has been truly amazing, and I thank everyone who has shown an interest. It has made my, and the rest of the selectors job very difficult to select just one squad, but that shows the strength and depth Devon has in the gig community which is brilliant, and worth all the headaches! I am looking forward to seeing Devon at its best on June 9th in what is one of the pinnacle events of the gig rowing calendar and am confident we will represent the county in fine style.”

 

 

It should make for an exciting first edition of the Tribute County Championships; more details will be coming out soon…

 

 

Main picture courtesy of Sarah Free, showing the Ladies Open crew

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