George Bourne (FH 11-16) wins gold at the World U23 Rowing Championships, weeks after Henley Royal Regatta victory
|George Bourne (FH 11-16) has won gold at the World U23 Rowing Championships. |
George Bourne, Matthew Haywood, Josh Armstrong and Samuel Meijer, coached by Kieran Clark of Tideway Scullers School, led their race for the final 1,000m to claim gold and retain their World Championship title in the men’s quadruple sculls.
Meijer is now a three-time U23 World Champion, having won gold in the quadruple sculls in 2018 and double sculls in 2017. He said of the race: “It feels absolutely amazing to defend our title. We’ve put a lot of work in as a crew and it feels like George has been in the crew since last year as well. It’s been an amazing regatta, we’ve built on every race and had a really fast semi-final. That final race was a really good way to earn the win – it was extremely hard-fought all the way to the line but was so much fun to be a part of.”
Just weeks before his World Rowing Championships victory, George also won the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup, beating the Netherlands at the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta.
The Prince of Wales Challenge is a rowing event for men’s quadruple sculls. The under-23 quad put on stunning displays and in the final, overcame the Dutch crews using power and beautiful technique. In beating Skøll and Orca of the Netherlands, George overturned the result of his final in 2018 when he competed with the same British crew.
The Bourne family writes:
“George’s news is really down to the start he got at Tonbridge School when he was selected to be part of the GB start scheme, a talent programme that identifies and develops potential Olympians.
Thanks to all those Tonbridge friends and their families who have been so supportive. Particularly to those who have watched him at Henley Royal Regatta for the last two years.”