Boston Rowing Club youngster Harriet Housam proved she is a star in the making after finishing fourth at the Great Britain trials.
And that means she has booked her place in the GB squad’s eight-day training camp in France, just before Christmas.
Competing on the familiar Witham course, as the Carlton Road club hosted the event, the 17-year-old quickly proved that she can hold her own against the top rowers in her age category, demonstarting her true sculling potential.
GB’s top 60 under 18s girls were selected from hundreds of potential rowers, having already undergone testing on the water and with indoor rowing machines.
Harriet was ranked 20th at the start of the 5km race from the Boston side of Langrick Bridge to Boston Rowing Club.
As the time trial race unfolded, it became clear that Harriet had no intention of letting anyone past and started to close up and pass those in front of her, expertly pacing herself and saving enough energy to increase her rating at the final 250m to the finish.
Harriet’s time of 21 mins 45.0 secs secured her fourth place.
Coach Glenn Ablard said: “Harriet has amazing potential, she is superbly strong and fit, and we have worked hard on some technical aspects of making the boat go faster.
“I thought (a place in the) top 10 was a reality, but fourth place is a fantastic boost for her.”
On Sunday, the senior trials take place on the Witham, featuring Olympic rowers.