From Development Women’s Captain Claire Postles.
After the restructure of the Dev Squad earlier in the year, the intermediate women’s squad has been transformed. Since their first painful 2k test as a squad in September, they have increasingly trained together and worked to develop their confidence as a racing crew. Out of that squad, our Vets Fours Head crew has been particularly committed; they have demonstrated a readiness to improve as individuals and a determination to work better together as a crew – they’ve put in more hours on the water and at the gym than almost anyone else. The whole crew have progressed from Curlew’s Learn to Row programme and only really started racing this summer. For three of them, this will be their first-time rowing on the Tideway. Despite this, they go into this race much more confident and comfortable than they have ever done before; so confident are they, that no opposition has been brave enough to show up to the start line. We’re very proud to announce the Vets Fours Head 2019 crew:
Stroke: Maisie Cottell-Richards She is at stroke and is our most experienced crew member. She learned to row with Curlew and joined the Devs in 2018. This is her second time doing Vets Fours Head, so her experience and general sense of calm will keep everyone in the crew collected.
3: Christina Tsechelidou She learned to row at Curlew in 2017 and joined the Devs in 2018. A late addition to the crew, no one has worked harder to improve and prepare for this race. This will be her first-time rowing on the Tideway, but as the fittest member of the crew, she’ll outlast everyone else.
2: Darci Dutcher Darci is our newest crew member. She learned to row at Curlew this year but very quickly became a valued member of the dev women’s racing crew. She’ll be flying in from Barcelona to race with the crew.
Bow: Charlie Woolley Charlie will be steering and making the calls from bow seat. She learned to row at Curlew last year and has already steered the dev women at several races this summer. This will be her first-time steering on the Tideway.