Mathilda and Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne make waves on county rowing scene

Sisters Charlotte (left) and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne.

Sisters Charlotte (left) and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne.

First published in Sport

SISTERS Mathilda and Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne are making waves on the country’s rowing scene.

Mathilda has just won the Borne Cup for the elite quadruple skulls event in a Great Britain under-23 composite quad.

She has also had a successful weekend racing in Amsterdam and rowed in the same GB composite at Henley Royal.

And Charlotte followed Mathilda's success of last year and won the Bea Langridge Trophy at Henley Women's Regatta in a Gloucester Hartpury junior women's quad.

Mum Kathryn Byrne is proud of both girls, who hail from St Weonards, and are part of the elite development squad at Hartpury College.

Charlotte, who is a student at Hartpury College, successfully trialled for the women's quad during a five-day camp in Nottingham which involved more than 700 junior rowers from Europe and Africa.

She spent a week training at Hazewinkel Lake, Belgium, and took part in the Ghent International Regatta, coming third in the women's under-18 single.

Kathryn Byrne added: “Mathilda has just finished at Hartpury College and stayed on for an extra year to trial for the GB under-23 squad.

“She’s moved up to be one of the fastest scullers in the country, has been selected for the squad and is on the GB start programme.”

“Mathilda had offers to go to several universities in the autumn and, due to the strong rowing connections, she’s chosen to go to university in Reading.”

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