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Jessie loved nationals experience

JESSIE RICKELTON delivered an outstanding performance on a national stage to enhance her crew's rapidly rising reputation.

JESSIE RICKELTON delivered an outstanding performance on a national stage to enhance her crew’s rapidly rising reputation.

Rickelton, who enjoyed watching fellow Thorp Academy student Erin Temple claim bronze in another event, was proud to have represented the Northern Region at the GB Junior Rowing finals.

Against the might and wealth of the southern rowing clubs the Rickelton crew were outsiders to progress further in the competition. However, a gutsy performance in their semi-final heat saw off Yorkshire, Wessex, East Midlands, Wales and Thames South East to put the Northern champions into the coveted A-final to face the very best crews in the country.

The girls ended up with a sixth place finish, which, alongside Temple’s display, was one of the stand-out performances from the Northern Regional squad at the National Water Sports Centre.

“It was a great experience to represent the Northern Region,” said Jessie, of the Tyne Rowing Club.

“My crew managed to battle all the way through to the A-final which surpassed our expectations. The best part of the day, however, was cheering my club mate and fellow Thorp student, Erin Temple, to her awesome bronze medal finish.”

Jessie formed part of the WJ16 coxed eight and her battle started back in December when she first had to win a seat in the boat which comprised the top rowers from both Tyne and Durham Amateur Rowing Clubs.

The crew battled their way through the JIRR Trials in February to become the Northern champions, earning the right to compete in the national finals.

Jessie enjoyed much regional success last season in her unbeaten double scull. This has continued so far this year with successes in quads, fours and eights as she diversifies her rowing skills with Tyne Amateur Rowing Club.