Hope Cessford of Durham ARC joins a squad of 34 chosen by British Rowing to represent Great Britain at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships taking place at Trakai, Lithuania between August 2nd and 6th. Crews were finalised following trials 2 weeks ago. Selection for the Women’s coxless four is a fantastic achievement for Hope who has been with DARC’s Juniors squad throughout her teenage years, having being identified for GB squad trials after winning the women’s single sculls at J16 level at the British Rowing Junior Championships in 2015.
Strong opposition can be expected in Lithuania with a huge entry of 752 rowers overall from 59 countries in 258 boats. The GB four of Charlotte Fennell (Marlow RC), Mary Wright (Henley RC), Hope Cessford (Durham ARC) and Flo Donald (Lea RC) is one of 17 crews from 5 continents contesting their event.
In recent years Hope has been the latest in a series of junior athletes coached to success by Gordon Beattie who counts 2016 Olympic Women’s 8+ silver medallist Jess Eddie among his former protoges.
Now in her final year as a junior Hope had a successful 2016 rowing as a pair with Lauren Irwin, then of Chester-le-Street ARC, winning the Women’s Senior Pair at the Metropolitan Regatta at Eton Dorney and the Women’s Elite Pair at Durham Regatta (above) before their selection together to represent GB for the first time at the September 2016 World Championships in Rotterdam, where they achieved 3rd place in the B final of the Junior Women’s Pair.
Already this year Hope has represented Great Britain at an international regatta in Munich in May and at the European Junior Championships at Krefeld, Germany where Hope and Flo Donald took 5th place in the final of the Women’s Pair.
The World Championships is likely to be Hope’s final competition as a junior before going to Harvard University.