THEY may have only been rowing for a couple of years but that did not stop a trio of Doncaster Rowing Club youngsters from landing medals at the country’s most prestigious junior event.
The Hexthorpe Flatts-based club have rarely sent competitors to the Peterborough Junior Championships, such is the elite standard of competition.
However, the decision to put faith in Finn Eden, Ben Pogmore and Jack Linley proved a shrewd one as all three returned with medals around their necks.
McAuley Catholic High School pupil Eden and Pogmore of Armthorpe School teamed up to win the J13A two man race.
The duo, both 13, secured victory by ten seconds from their nearest rivals, despite the fact they only teamed up this year.
And they were joined in a podium finish by Ridgewood School’s Linley who earned silver in the J14A individual race.
The 14-year-old completed the 1,000km course in 4.01.
Coach Adrian Pogmore said: “We’ve not really had any rowers good enough to enter this competition for a long time.
“If you’re not up to standard, then you’re going to get annihilated and that isn’t good for anybody.
“So for these lads to go there and do what they’ve done shows how good they are.
“You’re basically up against lads from public schools where rowing is a big part of what they do.
“For three lads from Doncaster, who’ve only been involved in the sport for a couple of years, to turn up and come away with medals is a really special achievement.”