Successful time for sporty sisters

Sam and her England teammates won a bronze medal in the the quad.
Sam and her England teammates won a bronze medal in the the quad.

One favours horseback, while the other is more at ease on the water, but two sisters from north Northumberland have had a very successful month.

And the achievements of Sam – the older sister – and Steph Courty, of North Charlton, cap what has been an action-packed summer for the duo, both former pupils of the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick.

The team which won the national tetrathlon title for the fourth consecutive year.

The team which won the national tetrathlon title for the fourth consecutive year.

Earlier this summer, rower Sam was part of the women’s eight team which grabbed second spot at the World U23 Rowing Championships in Italy.

She was then selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Rowing Championships, which took place towards the start of the month at Strathclyde Park, in Scotland.

And Sam returned from that trip with a bronze medal in the quad and a silver in the pair.

Meanwhile, Steph teamed up with Percy Hunt teammates Rebecca and Suzie Barwise-Munro to defend their Open Girls’ title at The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships, in Bishop Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire, which they successfully did – for the fourth consecutive year. It follows team and individual titles for Steph at a top event staged recently in Perth, Australia.