GB rowing success for former Walton juniors

Several former Walton juniors shone at the recent GB Senior and U23 Rowing Final Trials. Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes) was in the top six men’s pairs and is very likely to be in a senior crew for the World Cups and World Championships. Matt Heywood (Oxford Brookes) came 13th overall in men’s pairs; as one of the top-ranked under 23s, he is in a good position for selection for this year’s U23 team. Isy Hawes (Leander) came sixth in women’s pairs and also has a great chance of selection for European and World Championships later in the season. She has already been selected for the GB eight that is travelling to Washington State in the US next weekend for the annual Windermere Cup event

Another Walton junior, Angus Groom, has decided to hang up his oar after an illustrious rowing career. He won his first GB vest as a Walton J16 with Matt Wade in the double scull for the Anglo-French match in 2008. He went on to Junior World Championships in the quad, under 23 medals in the double scull, European Championships in the single and multiple World level appearances including the quad at the Rio Olympics. His last two major races resulted in a silver medal in the GB quad at the Tokyo Olympics, and a win for Oxford in the 7-seat of their Blue Boat in the Boat Race a few weeks ago. Not a bad way to end your career!

We wish Angus all the best for the future and look forward to seeing him down at the club with Dad, Glyn.

Mat Tarrant also retired from International Rowing after the Tokyo Olympics. He first represented GB as a Walton J17 in the coxless pairs at the Junior Worlds in Beijing 2007. He then became the only Walton member to win World Championship medals at Junior, U23 and Senior level including being crowned World U23 Champion in coxless pairs, and then World Senior Champion in eights in 2014. His incredible tally of ten World Champs medals in 13 appearances, including four golds, puts him in an elite group of the world’s top rowers and makes him Walton’s most decorated athlete ever! Well done Mat, and good luck with the next stage of your career.