A BROTHER and sister from Grappenhall followed in their grandfather’s footsteps on Saturday by clinching prestigious medals more than 50 years after his back-to-back Boat Race wins.
Warrington Rowing Club’s Tom Glover, aged 18, and sister Lucy, aged 15, competed at the British Rowing Junior Championships as part of several squads from the club.
Lucy won gold in the under 15s girls’ single sculls, while Tom was part of an open junior coxless quadruple sculls team that won bronze.
Andrew Collier, aged 74, their grandfather as well as Tom’s coach, is delighted with the success so long after he won the Boat Race with Cambridge in 1961 and 1962.
“It really is a special treat when they achieve great success in a sport that I was involved in for so long and had my own success in,” said Andrew.
“I have coached Tom and the rest of the team for two-and-a-half years and I was absolutely delighted to see them win a medal in their last junior competition.”
Andrew does not coach Lucy but is still a huge part of her success.
“Lucy moves the boat incredibly well. I taught her to row in a rubber dingy when she was three-years-old and she never looked back.”
In the boat with Tom at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont was Tom Nixon, Ed Davies and Jack Hatchman, while there was further medal success for Warrington.
Pippa Curren, Lucy Stanhope, Gina Tarpey and Ayesha Wooler collected silver in the women’s junior 16 coxless quadruple sculls.