Success for Seren: young Isle of Ely rower races to win at Blenheim Palace Regatta

Seren Palmer being awarded her Blenheim Palace Regatta medal by Oxford University rower, Elo Luik.

Seren Palmer being awarded her Blenheim Palace Regatta medal by Oxford University rower, Elo Luik. - Credit: Archant

A young rower from the Isle of Ely Rowing Club fought off competition from hundreds of other rowers to seal first place in a race at the Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta.

12-year-old Seren Palmer travelled with her club to the palace in Oxfordshire, and the youngster took first place in the WJ12 heat and then in the final – a feat made more impressive by the fact she started her rowing career last September.

“I was shocked at the stunning views and couldn’t believe I was part of such an amazing event,” Seren said.

“The atmosphere was incredible and I was so thankful to be able to take part. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing coaches and support of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club.”

Seren was presented with her award by members of the winners of the Oxford University Boat Race, including women’s boat club president, Maddy Badcott, and the youngster was delighted to meet one of her rowing heroes.


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She said: “I can’t believe I actually shook hands with the Oxford Boat Race winners!”

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