Hackney rower joins Team GB


HACKNEY rower Louis Powell and sculls partner Joe Long saw off competition from Swiss, German and Japanese teams to finish second in the Junior Men’s Double Sculls final at the Munich Junior Regatta earlier this month.


Louis, 17, who also competed in the Quadruple Sculls, made the step up to represent Team GB after competing for England at the Home International Regatta in Cork last year. The Lea Rowing Club member has won multiple medals at the London Youth Games. He currently attends Stoke Newington School, N16.


Louis, pictured below, said: “I’ve been a member of Lea Rowing Club in Hackney since I was 12 years-old and being supported by my coaches and team mates at the club has played a major part in getting me this far. I really enjoyed representing my country at the Munich Regatta and it was a great experience.”


Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services, said: “I’d like to congratulate Louis on his move up into the Team GB team for the Munich Regatta. We’re really proud to have athletes like Louis representing the borough on the world stage.” The Munich Regatta, which attracts over 1,000 European rowers from 15 countries, is Europe’s leading high performance regatta for junior rowers.


Courtesy of Hackney Today issue 450, 13 May 2019 available at: https://www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-today

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