City girl wins a world title in the Czech Republic

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ROWING: Peterborough City Rowing Club star Philippa Neill is on top of the world after a golden weekend in the Czech Republic.

The 17 year-old King’s School pupil enjoyed the finest day of her fledgling career as part of the Great Britain Women’s Eight crew that took gold at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Racice.

Neill, along with Bethany Astell, Rosa Atkinson, Camilla Hadland, Yasmin Tredell, Georgina Howard-Merrill, Ruth Whyman, Fiona Gammond and cox Lily van den Brocke qualified for Sunday’s final after comfortably winning their heat.

And once there, Neill and her crew kept up their good form, powering out to an early lead by the 500 metre mark in just 1min 31.87secs with crews from Romania, Germany and the USA all chasing hard.

And while the American crew did manage to mount a late challenge to the GB boat, the battling Brits maintained their advantage to clinch gold in a time of 6mins 24.97 secs.

Great Britain rowing team performance director David Tanner said: “I am delighted with the women’s eight. They produced a very impressive performance and thoroughly deserved to win.”

And there will be rowing action in the city this weekend when Peterborough City Rowing Club stage their summer regatta at Thorpe Meadows rowing lake. Racing starts at 9am on both days and the public are welcome.