Perse rower makes a splash with national triumph
8 Jul 2021
Laura Burton (Lower Sixth) made waves with victory in her event at the National Schools’ Regatta.
She made it into the final of the girls’ single sculls at Dorney Lake, which hosted the London 2012 Olympics rowing events, after being quickest in the qualifying time trial in a time of 7min 58.49sec.
The Perse pupil maintained her blistering form in the deciding race to clinch the title in 9min 06.11sec, almost three seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
“Winning the title meant a lot as so much work had gone into it over the past year with training throughout the lockdowns,” said Laura, who was representing Cambridge ‘99.
“It was so exciting being back racing again after so long and in the lead-up to the National Schools Regatta I trained every day. I was very happy with how I performed on the day and I felt as though all the hard work had paid off.
“I managed to come first in the time trial by six seconds in the morning, which gave me confidence for the A final in the afternoon. The first part of the final was tense as the margin between the boats was small. By the 1,250m mark, I was pushing up to take first place and maintained the lead over the last 750 metres, which was extremely exciting.”
Ed Gaskarth (Upper Sixth), also representing Cambridge ’99, reached the final of the boys’ singles sculls after coming fourth in the qualifying time trial. He went on to finish sixth in the final after trying to stay in contact with the top three during the first half of the race.
Elsewhere, Agnes Prager and Anna Klenerman (both Upper Sixth) were fifth as part of the Cambridge ’99 crew in the girls’ quad C final, while Onur Howie (Upper Sixth) was 24th with his Cantabrigian crew in the boys’ quad time trial.