Harriet’s top-five finish at GB trials

The weights room.
The weights room.

Boston Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam has been proving she has what it takes to compete with the best juniors in Great Britain.

At the weekend, she rowed the fifth fastest time in the penultimate round of the British Rowing Junior Trials.

The indoor rowing machines.

The indoor rowing machines.

Competing at Eton Dorney - the home of rowing at last year’s Olympic games - she was one of 18 girls selected to attend, and Harriet made a sound claim for a place at June’s final trials.

Harriet came fifth in the morning time trial over 2km, then claimed a third place in her semi-final.

She finished off her trials by winning the B final with the fifth fastest time of the afternoon.

Harriet is just one of many Boston Rowing Club members making the most of approximately £60,000 of funding which has helped transform the Carlton Road Boathouse.

As well as improvements to the building itself, the club have been able to install Olympic-standard equipment into their impressive new weights room.

On top of that, Boston Rowing Club have also purchased more indoor rowing machines - taking the total up to 12 - and a cycling machine.

“It’s changed how we train at the club,” said head coach and funding officer Adam Berry.

“Before, we would have people waiting to use machines. Now everyone can train longer and harder.”

Since last year’s Olympics, interest in rowing has blossomed in Britain.

The Carlton Road Boathouse is now welcoming more people with a lust for the sport.

And with new members getting to grips with the land equipment, Berry hopes many will progress to the water.

“Hopefully, the plan is to get more people showing an interest in competing for the club,” he added.

“We would like to take more rowers to regattas.

“It’s fantastic to see people join the club and then get involved.

“And when they do well out there, the club has a massive sense of achievement.”

An example of the club’s recent fortunes are 11-year-old Holbeach twins Ruby and Jasmine Latka.

After falling in love with the sport during London 2012, they sought out a club to join.

And just a fortnight ago, the sisters entered their first regatta, at Leicester, and won.

Much of the funding for the club has been provided by Sport England, with help from British Rowing and the Big Lottery Fund.

Boston Rowing Club have also spent several thousands of pounds from their own coffers in matching funding.

Local support comes from businesses such as Boston Audi, Fenland Fastenings and Metsa Wood.