British Rowing National Junior Championships 2014   Leave a comment

The British Rowing National Junior Championships were held at the National Water Sports Center in Nottingham this weekend. I had the privilege of photographing the event on a very wet Saturday and a beautifully sunny Sunday.

The hospitality I was extended by Edward Lloyd Rees and his team was humbling – I was even bought a Crunchie bar for helping out with one of the flag stands. 🙂 Perks of the job. 

Also humbling was the commitment and the effort demonstrated by the junior competitors – at times it was too much and crossing the Finish line often resulted in an outpouring of emotion.

Here is the events in words and pictures:

Saturday provided plenty of wind for flying the Championship flags as the first series of races started at 8am in the morning. I’d actually driven down to the start at 7:30am and set up my equipment only to find that the start line for the time trials that day were some 400 meters further up the course. Ho hum – pack up and relocate. 🙂


Flying the flag. I helped with the bases for these and earned myself a Crunchie bar from Sue. 🙂


The various categories of time trials began and I was shooting at the Finish line which was full of emotion as the racers crossed the line.


The pain…..


… and exhaustion….


… were sometimes too much.


Whilst others seemed able to keep their emotions in check.


Even if they were physically drained.

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The rain continued to rain for most of the day. At one point the downpour was so heavy the racing had to be temporarily halted. I was bravely hiding in my car.


A number of the schools had pitched tent for the duration and one or two had even set up kitchen for their hungry teams of competitors.


Give us a wave Monmouth!


Lots of prep and then the moment of truth….


… out on the water it was time to put everything in to practice…


… and leave nothing out on the lake….


… with everybody pulling in the same direction.

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Strength, elegance and balance all on show in this testing sport.


Congratulation to all of those taking part, both the winners and losers.

(C) Copyright Drew Smith Photography




Posted July 22, 2014 by Drew in Uncategorized

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