SportsAid Athlete Update – Lola Anderson (Rowing)
Its been a busy few months for our former SportsAid sponsored athlete, Lola Anderson. She won a seat in the top boat of Newcastle University Boat Club for the regatta season, racing alongside 3 other international Great Britain rowers. The team secured one bronze medal at MET regatta, a senior race filled with GB rowers and trailers, one bronze medal at the British University Championships and one gold medal at Henley Women’s Regatta. This was achieved with the fastest time of the day in the women’s four among categories’ reserved for elite and full time rowers.
The team then attempted to qualify for Henley Royal Regatta in the women’s four (the first time this event has ever been open to women at Henley). As a result of the large volume of entries, there were only 2 spaces available for qualification left (after Olympic and national crews had been prequalified) for all remaining national and international crews. Lola’s team of 4 did incredibly well to be included as one of the two crews to fill the remaining qualification slots. The team raced on the Friday and were knocked out by the national Dutch women’s team, however they had their best row and were happy with their performance especially given that the Dutch became the winners of the whole event and just recently World Champions at the u23 World Championships.
In regards to trials, after a season of injury and rehab, Lola was called to perform at the final selections. This was without a full season of training and her fitness and technique levels were not where she would have liked them. However Lola was still ranked as the 3rd fastest U23 single sculler by the end of racing, a result both herself, her coaches and several GB team coaches were happy with. However this result was not sufficient to send her through the next stage, given the return of several GB students from American University’s. Lola still has the next 4 years to make the U23 rowing team and will continue to train towards said goal in the forthcoming academic year. Good luck Lola