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Brilliant bronze for terrific Temple

AFTER a taste of the national scene and coming away with a prestigious medal, Erin Temple wants more and has a ten-year target to hit the biggest stage of all.

AFTER a taste of the national scene and coming away with a prestigious medal, Erin Temple wants more – and has a ten-year target to hit the biggest stage of all.

The student from Thorp Academy, Ryton, recently returned from representing the Northern Region at the GB Junior Rowing finals with the bronze after a stunning display over 1500m.

The Year 9 student, enrolled on the Elite Performer Programme at Thorp, would love her appearance at Nottingham to be followed by regular competitions at the top level, ultimately leading to Los Angeles in 2028.

Erin said: “I feel like it’s a solid thing to aim for. I have quite a long time and I will aim to trial for Team GB at Year 11 at Boston, even if it’s just for experience. If I can reach that then the selectors will keep you on the radar because the Olympics in 2028 would be the solid goal for me.”

Erin has made her club, Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, proud, as has fellow Thorp student Jessie Rickelton, whose crew enjoyed an impressive sixth place finish at the National Water Sports Centre.

Erin's schedule is hectic, training four times a week, in line with British Rowing guidelines. Last weekend she was up in Scotland competing in the Strathclyde Regatta.

To have claimed third in her first GB Junior Rowing finals will live long in the memory.


The 13-year-old said: “In February I qualified to represent the north and had the second fastest time in time trial over a 1.5km course. My time was 6:31.98.

“In the finals it was a lot hotter, so everyone’s time was 30 seconds slower, so it was 7:04, but that was still enough to make me third in the country, so that got a lot of points for the North.

“We won the Martin Humphries trophy, we got four medals against 12 regions and we were a team that hadn’t previously come in the top six.

“Now that I am in Year 9 it meant it was the first year I could compete in it and hopefully it’s the first of three going forward.”

Erin started rowing for Tyne Amateur after realising she had a talent for rowing after recording the most metres in two minutes while competing in an indoor event for Thorp.

Under the watchful eye of coaches Jess Harris and Thomas Jackson at Tyne Amateur she has hit new heights as a J14 women’s skull.

She said: “The sense of rowing as a single and crossing the finishing line knowing you have done well … it’s nice to have that sense of achievement and being in charge of yourself.

“I used to swim for Newcastle swim team but I didn’t find I developed enough so rowing took over. Hopefully I can continue because I really enjoy it.”


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