Teen rower from Trowell wins gold at regatta

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A 16-year-old from Trowell is celebrating after taking a gold medal in rowing at a doubles match as part of the Junior GB Rowing Team.

Hannah Stocks reached the heights of success at the event in July whilst competing in her first ever international regatta at the London Docklands.

Hannah was selected for the junior team just two weeks before the regatta, after being inspired to get involved in rowing by the London 2012 Olympic Games. In order to qualify for the Junior GB Rowing team, Hannah had to compete in a match at Holme Pierrepont against other teams from Great Britain.

Hannah, who now trains six days a week and often twice a day, is now hoping to inspire others to get active. She said: “For someone considering becoming active, I would say go for it. Being active and doing sports is a great way to boost your skill set, time management, metabolism and your confidence. Even if you do one day a week or six days a week it just gives you the satisfaction of actually doing something besides going for that extra slice of pizza or watching TV re-runs.

“If you feel like doing something, you don’t need the permission of anyone else - you should just do it and see how good you feel afterwards.”

Hannah is one of seven Broxtowe Sport champions enlisted by the council’s sports development team, Broxtowe Sport as part of it’s #icancanyou? Campaign.

Joe Jones from Eastwood, Lorna Warner from Beeston, Rose Norman from Beeston, Steven Capewell from Eastwood, Roy Oldershaw from Stapleford and Neil Burgoyne from Brinsley are all joining Hannah to lead by example and saying “I can” to getting active this year to encourage local people to get involved in sports activities in the area, no matter what their age or ability.

To get inspired, watch the campaign video at broxtowe.gov.uk/sport or visit broxtowe.gov.uk/exercise4me to find out about the latest sport and exercise opportunities for children and adults in the Borough, from local dance groups, bowling greens and sports clubs to walking groups and more.