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First-timers in the medals
ACHIEVEMENTS of senior Warrington rowers ensured Richard Sinnott’s final Warrington Regatta as chairman was a rewarding one.
Some who took to the water for their first experience of racing finished victorious on the 600m River Mersey course on Saturday.
Sinnott, from Appleton, steps down as chairman of Warrington Rowing Club this September after more than 15 years in the role.
He has overseen tremendous progress at the club, including the building of the club’s boathouse at Kingsway Bridge, and says he is taking great pleasure from seeing the club flourishing, including the debut senior wins in among 120 races from the 170 crews that were attracted to the regatta.
“It was a great day, the weather was really good for us and clubs took part from Liverpool, Runcorn, Northwich, Agecroft in Salford, and Chester.
“The results of our senior squads were pleasing, with many of the rowers taking up the sport since the Olympics last year.
“For many it was their first event and quite a few – too many to name – had their first wins.
“It’s very rewarding to see people enjoying themselves so much and benefiting from a sport that is new to them. I feel very satisfied and proud.”
The rowing events at the London 2012 games made quite an impression on Warrington residents, no doubt helped by men’s eight bronze medallist Richard Egington hailing from the town.
Sinnott said it shows in Warrington Rowing Club’s current position.
“The club is enjoying a purple patch. Membership is more than 150 and bigger than it has ever been.
“Our junior section is important as can be seen from the performances at the national championships (see adjacent story), but the section is now nicely balanced with the growing number of seniors.”
The 52-year-old salesman will officially step down from his chairman duties at the club’s annual meeting in September, but he will continue with the coaching role that he also holds with a club that was the country’s third most successful last year in terms of event wins.