A DURHAM rower is in a squad of 34 athletes representing Great Britain at the World Rowing Junior Championships which are taking place at Trakai, Lithuania this week.

Hope Cessford, of Durham ARC, is in the Women’s coxless four. It’s a great achievement for Hope who has been with the club’s juniors squad throughout her teenage years, being identified for GB squad trials after winning the women’s single sculls at J16 level at the British Rowing Junior Championships in 2015.

Strong opposition is expected in Lithuania with a huge entry of 752 rowers from 59 countries in 258 boats. Hope joins Charlotte Fennell (Marlow RC), Mary Wright (Henley RC), and Flo Donald (Lea RC) as one of 17 crews from five continents contesting their event.

The serious action was getting under way yesterday afternoon as the Durham Times went to press.

In recent years Hope has been the latest in a series of junior athletes coached to success by Gordon Beattie who includes 2016 Olympic Women’s 8+ silver medallist Jess Eddie among his former protoges.

Now in her final year as a junior Hope had a successful 2016 rowing as a pair with Lauren Irwin, then of Chester-le-Street ARC, winning the Women’s Senior Pair at the Metropolitan Regatta at Eton Dorney and the Women’s Elite Pair at Durham Regatta before their selection to represent GB together for the first time at the World Junior Championships in Rotterdam last September, where they achieved third place in the B final of the Women’s Pair.

Already this year Hope has represented Great Britain at an international regatta in Munich in May and at the European Junior Championships at Krefeld, Germany.

The latest selection is fantastic for rowing in the Northern region, following the GB crew including Lauren, now at Durham University, reaching the

final of the Women’s coxless four at the World Under-23 Championships held at Plovdiv, Bulgaria between July 19 and 23.

The World Championships is likely to be Hope’s final competition as a junior before going to Harvard University.

The Durham City Allcomers Regatta has been rescheduled following a problem with the weir and will now take place on Sunday, September 24. It is open to anyone who has never rowed before and is a chance to race over 300metres in stable boats. Participants will have the chance to take part in four sessions prior to the event. For further information and entry forms visit durham-arc.org.uk/regatta/allcomers-regatta