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Golden moments for Thorp trio in Durham

THERE were golds galore for three Thorp Academy rowers in Durham last weekend.

THERE were golds galore for three Thorp Academy rowers in Durham last weekend.

Elite Performer Programme athletes Jessie Rickelton, Charlie Charlton and Erin Temple all celebrated first places when they competed at the Durham City Regatta.

Those success stories followed a fine period when Rickelton was named the junior rower of the year at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club.

Temple, pictured at the bottom, was first in a women's junior 13 single race and also qualified for the finals of the women's junior coxed quad.

Charlton and Rickelton, pictured below, enjoyed success both together and as individuals in the older category on the Wear.

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There was combined success in the WJ16 double and Charlton also successfully claimed the honours on her own in the WJ16 single.

Each event at Durham was made up of a series of knock-out heats culminating in a head to head final.

Rickelton also claimed gold in the junior 15sdouble race, while she was runner-up in the coxed Junior (15s) Quad and the coxed Intermediate 8 when she was only beaten in a photo finish.

All three girls have further local Regattas over the coming weeks, starting with Tees this Saturday, before heading to Nottingham for the Nationals in July.

Rickelton’s performance followed previous success in her recent outings at Tyne Pont Head and Strathclyde. She won the coxed Junior (15s) 2k Quad and 1k Quad at the respective events. At Strathclyde she also won the Junior (15s) double.

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