College five in medal haul at regional rowing event

By Contributor in Rowing

FIVE students from Okehampton College brought home a clutch of rowing medals from the 2017  Totnes Regatta. All five row for Exeter Rowing Club and compete in competitions through-out the South West region.

Talented track athlete Jasmine Stanbury (aged 15) transferred her speed to the water and was part of the winning women’s junior 15 coxed quad in a 500 metre sprint event.

Three members of the same family won medals during the two day Regatta held on July 1 and 2.

Frankie Bonfield, 14 won medals as the winning crew in a junior women’s 14 coxed quad and also as the cox for the winning men’s junior 14 quad. Nat Bonfield, 15, was part of the winning crew of the junior men’s 14 coxed quad sprint race. Their older sister Georgia, 18, rowed to success in both the women’s junior 18 coxed four event and the women’s senior coxed four.

This tops off a great year for Georgia, who leaves Okehampton College this year. In March she was part of a winning crew from Exeter rowing Club at the prestigious Women’s Eights Head of the River Race.

The event In London attracted 3,000 women rowers from across the world.

Phoebe Muir, 15, won three sprint events; women’s junior 16 double and junior 15 and 17 single sculls event.  She raced above her age on the second day of competition and won both the women’s junior 16 and 18 single scull event.

In 2017 Phoebe has won a National  Junior Indoor Rowing title and a Junior National inter regional double’s title.

The young rowers are competing again on Saturday in the Exeter Regatta at the Exeter Quayside. 

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