Last Friday morning months of Training and preparation came to fruition for the Fermoy Junior 16 ladies touched down on Belgian soil to begin a weekends racing at the 11th international Flemish Championships for Juniors. The event attracted over 2000 rowers, from 16 countries accross Europe and further afield. Fermoy's Sarah Mrrphy, Amy Walsh, Selina Cotter and Katie Bartley, accompanied by Coach Rhonda Murphy and Ms Walsh, had been preparing for months for the trip, raising sufficient funds to send them to this prestigious regatta, which is considered one of the best Junior regatta in its class, none the less the girls took this in their stride as they showed the international stage just what Fermoy rowers could do!
The racing began early on Saturday morning, however, the girls first race was not until 5 20 in the evening, giving them time to prepare their boat, which was kindly lent to them by Colaiste Iognaid. The first race was in the Women's Junior coxless quad, a race which the girls would not forget in a hurry. Racing crews almost two years older to them Fermoy got off to a fantastic start, in the end placing 9th ahead of some very composed local crews in a time of 7 minutes 56 seconds, which was to be their fastest time of the weekend.
With the first race behind them the girls looked to Sunday, which promised not to disappoint. Similar to Saturday the girls first race wasn't until mid day, when they took to the water in the Women's junior 18 coxless quad. From the very start Fermoy was in medal contention, clearly stamping their dominance on other crews, as the race came into the enclosure Fermoy were in third position, holding on to this position during a very competitive finish, bronze for Fermoy!
The final race of the weekend for the Fermoy Ladies was in the Woman's Junior 16 Coxless Quad, the race they had been preparing for. With a bronze medal in their pocket the quad took to the water, confident in their ability. Unfortunately it was not men't to be for the Fermoy crew, placing 9th for a second time, just 10 seconds outside medal time.
The crew and coaches would like to thank all who made it possible for them to compete at the regatta, Particular thanks are due to their coaching team, without which it would not have been possible!