IT has been some summer for Bann Rowing Club.
But following the glory of the Olympics two of the club’s future stars showed their potential at the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria.
The junior men’s pair of Chris Black and Joel Cassells were again the stars of the show for Ireland as they won the B Final in Plovdiv with the best time they have ever clocked in competition, six minutes 47.92 seconds.
In a fiercely-competitive grade this crew might well have been contending for medals in the A Final, but came up against three of the best crews in the semi-final on Saturday in Romania, Germany and Greece and finished fourth.
Black and Cassells then targeted a win in Sunday morning’s race which would give them seventh overall and they brought it home in remarkable fashion.
They were credited with one minute 36.29 for the first 500 metres, and the race plan set by coach Seamus Reynolds went so well that as Croatia, Poland and France fought it out behind them, the Irish were never seriously challenged, and won by almost two seconds.
Coach Seamus Reynolds said he was “chuffed to bits” for the two 18-year-olds, who had come on with each tough race.
The next step for Black and Cassells is to Cambridge and Oxford Brookes universities and, most likely, the rowing system in Britain.
Meanwhile, British Rowing has confirmed that it has been awarded the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup, to be hosted at the Olympic rowing venue at Eton Dorney. The World Cup will be staged with the support of the National Lottery and the assistance of UK Sport and Eton College.
FISA, the World Governing Body for Rowing, made the announcement at its annual Congress in Plovdiv on Friday, confirming that British Rowing would also have the option of hosting a World Cup event again in 2015.
The 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup will be held from 21st to 23rd June, providing another opportunity for rowing fans to cheer on some of the world’s finest rowers at one of the 2012 Games’ most iconic venues.