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Rowing duo strike gold in Henley; Rowing.

TWO Teesside rowers are celebrating after bringing home gold medals from the Henley Women's Regatta.

Beth Ryan and Jo Wratten are both members of Tees Rowing Club and Tees Active Sports Academy and were members of a Tees Composite crew who won the Women's Elite 8s at the 25th Anniversary of the Henley Women's regatta.

The crew, which included Beth rowing at bow and Jo rowing at stroke, consisted of rowers from across the country, and are now trialling for their places in the crew for the Under-23 World Championships.

The win was a great achievement for the local lasses, and their crew, who are coached by Tees Rowing Club's James Harris.

Competing against international opposition, in their first race they triumphed against the crew from the University of Rhode Island, USA.

The girls continued their good form in the semi-final by beating a crew from Bucknell University, USA, in the semi-finals, before saving their best for the final when they beat a crew from Radcliffe (Harvard University), USA by half a boat length.

Their winning time of 5:20 was also the fastest time of the whole regatta.

The girls also had the added bonus of meeting Great Britain's greatest Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave, at the presentation gala after the regatta.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2012
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