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Northwich Rowing Club's junior men's quad receives George Musker Trophy at annual awards ceremony
BOYS who made history for Northwich Rowing Club received the most prestigious prize on offer during Sunday’s annual awards ceremony.
Zak Trigg, Harry Blake, Tom Asteriades and Finn Lawton were presented with the George Musker Trophy as a reward for becoming the club’s first junior crew to pre-qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta in July.
The teenagers were victors in their age class at last week’s British Senior Championships too.
Outgoing captain Phil Hewitt commended another rising star, Lucy Burgess, at the end of a year that she had started by winning a gold medal in Great Britain colours at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
The work of Jed Barlow, who trains both the men’s quad and Burgess, was acknowledged too as he took home the Bill Cotton Trophy – silverware reserved for a volunteer who goes beyond the call of duty.
Newly-qualified coach Jack Thwaites was also recognised for his contribution over the past 12 months when he received the Grange Cup for Endeavour.
Barrie Blake won the Simon Crouchley Coaching Trophy, while treasure Andy Malins – shortly to stand down from a role he has carried out for the past decade – received the Chairman’s award.
Club president Cliff Salt picked junior section co-ordinator, and coach, Mike Palfreyman as the best candidate for his Salt of the Earth Trophy.
There were prizes too – presented by Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans – for former captain Clare Briegal, who scooped the Eddie Phillips Trophy for best veteran, and George Lawton as most improved oarsman.
Greg Murphy and Lawrence Williams, champions at the National Schools’ Regatta in an MJ14 double, were chosen as best juniors.
The Dennis Mills Coxing Trophy went to junior Jack Hudson.
Neighbours Grange School picked up the Tim Hooper Trophy for having the fastest boat during last year’s Autumn Head, adding the Sue Benyon Trophy too for quickest women’s crew at the same event.
Agecroft Rowing Club’s senior men’s eight was overall winner at the Spring Head, for which they received the Walter Benyon Trophy.
On the water, teenager Alex Bain celebrated double success at the weekend after winning in an MJ18 single at both the Tyne long distance sculls and Tyne United small boats head.
Northwich sends crews to the Dee Autumn Head this Saturday before attention turns to the club’s version in a fortnight.
Bill Cotton Trophy, Jed Barlow; Chairman’s Award, Andy Malins; Dennis Mills Coxing Trophy, Jack Hudson; Eddie Phillips Trophy for Juniors, Greg Murphy and Lawrence Williams; Eddie Phillips Trophy for Veterans, Clare Briegal; George Musker Trophy, Junior men’s quad; Grange Cup for Endeavour, Jack Thwaites; Irvine Award for Most Improved Oarsman, George Lawton; Salt of the Earth Trophy, Mike Palfreyman; Simon Crouchley Coaching Trophy, Barrie Blake; Sue Benyon Trophy, Grange School; Tim Hooper Trophy, Grange School; Walter Benyon Trophy, Agecroft.
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