‘Possible the best junior result this club has ever had!’
That was the reaction of the delighted captain of Llandaff Rowing Club, Sarah Thomas, after watching one of her WJ16 girls take on and beat some of Britain’s best junior rowers at the Hampton Small Boats Head on Saturday (29 November).
Hetty Palmer travelled to the highly-rated event with her parents, Mark and Katie, keeping their fingers crossed for a top ten place, but Hetty beat 67 other girls to take the top prize in her WJ16 1x competition – then rowing with clubmate Alys Howells, rounded the day off with a third place in the WJ16 2x.
‘Hetty’s had a very successful summer on the provincial regatta circuit, and now she’s taking on the best in the country’ said Sarah. ‘She’s already won her Wales vest, rowing in the junior women’s 4x+ and 2x last year in the Home Countries Regatta in Ireland – and remember she had to compete for her seat in those boats against older and more experienced girls.’
‘All in all, Hampton was a good day for us. All our crews bar one were in the top half of their categories and we had five top ten places’.
With former Llandaff member Zak Lee-Green currently training with the British squad for the Rio Olympics in 2016, could Hetty be looking at a trip to Tokyo for the 2020 Games?
‘Well, let’s not get carried away too soon’, says Sarah. ‘But she is a very ambitious lady…..’