Autumn Mackay, member of the University Rowing Club, had a busy final week of the Easter holidays trialling as a cox for the GB U23 rowing team.
Autumn learnt to cox at Bedford Modern School and has represented GB at Coupe de la Jeunesse as a junior. Autumn joined the University of Birmingham Rowing Club this year and alongside coxing for the senior women, she is also a member of the performance squad and was selected as cox for the newly formed West Midlands Performance squad, who raced at Men’s Head of the River Race in London and achieved an impressive result. She has also been selected to race in the ‘Best of the West’ crew next weekend in Bristol and invited to the final section event to represent the West Midlands at the inaugural British Rowing event ‘Power8 sprints’ this summer.
After attending open GB trials in November and February and submitting voice recordings, Autumn was invited to the final trials weekend this April. Following the trials, she was asked to stay down at Caversham, the GB rowing training base, all week to assist with seat racing for the U23 squad. Final crew and boat selection for the U23 team will happen over the coming few months and there is no guarantee that the boats sent to U23 Worlds and Europeans will be coxed, but for now Autumn has returned to the club having put in an impressive performance at trials.
‘I really enjoyed my week down at Caversham, especially being out on the lake for seat racing, getting to know the athletes and working with the GB coaching team’.
– Autumn Mackay.
Autumn will be back in action with the University’s senior and performance squads this term.
‘Autumn has really stepped up this season. She came to the club already a competent cox but her willingness to learn, develop and improve has been impressive and has really paid off’.
– Tania Griffin, Coach.
Wishing Autumn all the best for the next few months!