Local rowing champion heads to Germany

Will England with his GB Trials prize.

Will England, centre, has been picked for the world junior rowing championships.

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RIVER Wye rower Will England will be going for gold when he launches out for Great Britain at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

The 18-year-old Ross RC Academy product finished joint top oarsman on stroke side at the final trials at the national team's Caversham headquarters and will stroke the GB junior eight.

Last year's Monmouth School head boy will be following in the stroke puddles of two former world junior champions from the school, in the shape of Richard Rogers, who landed gold in the GB coxless four in 1991 in Barcelona, and Tom Lucy, who took the title in the same boat in 2006 in Amsterdam before going on to claim Olympic silver in the GB 8 in Beijing.

Will's school coach Robin Fletcher said: "He's worked his socks off and we're really proud of him.

"He's only 12 stone racing 15 stone guys, but he's been right at the top of the pile all the way through the season's trials and won the pairs at April's GB junior squad regatta.

"Will's got a great power to weight ratio and fantastic determination and heart. He's a cool customer and a great racer who never gets phased by the pressure of racing or trialling.

"We are absolutely delighted and hopefully he can medal like Richard and Tom before him."

Will raced for GB last year in the Coupe in Switzerland and won two bronze medals in the pair, and this year helped his coxed four win Monmouth School's first championship title in exactly 30 years at the National Schools Regatta.

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