Sam helps inspire GB side to silver medal in major rowing competition

Sam Courty with her silver medal.
Sam Courty with her silver medal.

A talented rower from Northumberland has helped Great Britain land a silver medal in a major international competition.

Sam Courty, of South Charlton, was part of the women’s eight team to grab second spot at the World U23 Rowing Championships, at Lake Varese, in Italy, on Sunday.

The Great Britain women's eight. Sam Courty is in the middle, wearing sunglasses.

The Great Britain women's eight. Sam Courty is in the middle, wearing sunglasses.

The 21-year-old, who is a former student of Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, said: “It was a fantastic experience and we were delighted with the result.

“We gave it everything we had. I would like to thank everyone back home for all of their support and good wishes.”

The USA, who typically produce fast eight crews in any age group, held the lead throughout the race and went on to win the gold. It left Great Britain, Germany and Australia battling it out for silver and bronze medals.

The GB eight were well placed in third at 500m and moved past Australia’s crew into a clear second spot.

They retained this position all the way through to the line, holding off their German and Australian rivals and finishing in 6:11.72.

It meant that the team defended the silver medal that the eight’s won at last year’s Championships.

Sam, a student at the University of Bath, has been selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Rowing Championships, which are being held on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, over a 1500m course at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, Scotland.

Sam is also aiming to compete at the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.