It’s gold for Ely pair at Commonwealth regatta

11:35 01 September 2014

John Hale and Dan Clift and other members of the men’s coxless four after winning their event at the Commonwealth Regatta.

John Hale and Dan Clift and other members of the men’s coxless four after winning their event at the Commonwealth Regatta.

Archant

Rowing

Isle of Ely Rowing Club members Dan Clift and John Hale won gold in the men’s coxless four event at the Commonwealth Regatta at Strathclyde.

Both men are part of the British Rowing ‘Start’ group for aspiring Olympians which is based at the Ely club.

As icing on the cake Dan also won silver in the Commonwealth men’s single sculls.

A week later he was again victorious in the main event at the GB Rowing Team’s sculling festival held at the National Water Sports Centre, in Nottingham. The festival, in which more than 100 talented rowers took part across a number of events, provides a development opportunity for rowers who aspire to represent Great Britain.

Whilst Dan and John were excelling in international competition in Scotland, another member of the club’s ‘Start’ group achieved a double success at Peterborough Regatta.

On the first day of this two-day event, Holly Hill won the women’s novice single sculls beating entries from Cambridge, Nottingham and London. She followed this on the second day by winning the higher level women’s intermediate two event, beating a Putney Town sculler in the final.

Isle of Ely chairman Derek Pickersgill said: “These and other successes demonstrate what has been achieved by the Isle of Ely Club in the 10 years since its formation.

“In contrast to the multimillion pound facilities now being built on the Stuntney bank of the river for the fortunate few of Cambridge University Boat Club, our members works out of two containers and three cabins.

“We are also a genuinely open club providing valuable recreational opportunities to the expanding local community whilst at the same time enabling talented rowers to attain the highest level.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 12:04
4th State set for Ely appearance

The annual Ely Christmas light switch-on celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Yesterday, 12:40
Lynn Road, Wisbech, during installation of new street lights

All of the issues thrown up by an audit of the street lighting contract run by Balfour Beatty which showed Cambridgeshire County Council “will not be paying the correct amount for its electricity” have been resolved, say a new report.

Yesterday, 09:30
ECDC

A former chicken shed could be converted into a recording studio under plans submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Yesterday, 08:23
Isaac Bateman outside the Royal Albert Hall

Ely student, Isaac Bateman performed with Junior Prime Brass at the Royal Albert Hall.

Most read stories

E-edition