A talented rower from South Charlton made her senior GB Rowing Team debut in a prestigious competition and narrowly missed out on victory.
Sam Courty was part of the women’s eight who raced against the University of Washington women’s crew at the Windermere Cup, in Seattle, USA, at the weekend.
The victors’ winning time was 6mins 27.9secs, compared to GB’s 6:32.3.
While it was a painful defeat, the experience was an unforgettable one for the 21-year-old from north Northumberland, who has come far in the sport in a short space of time. Even multiple Olympic gold medal-winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent has said he is impressed by her progress, via Twitter.
Sam said: “The Windermere Cup was amazing and I learnt so much. It is certainly something I won’t forget in a hurry.”
Sam, who is a third-year student at the University of Bath, joined the GB Rowing Team’s Start Programme 18 months ago.
She impressed at the recent GB Rowing Team Senior Team and U23 Trials at Caversham, where the sport and exercise science student competed against Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, who both won Olympic gold at London 2012. She came sixth in the A final at the trials, winning the Under-23 category.
Her call-up to the 10-strong squad for the women’s eight at the Windermere Cup was testament to her dedication.
Dan Harris, talent development coach – Bath for the Start Programme, said: “Sam advanced quite quickly, but this year she has worked really hard and her performances have rocketed.”
Sam has been awarded the Tugendhat Trophy for Sporting Endeavour at the University of Bath’s Blues Awards.