ROWING: NORTHWICH Rowing Club has launched brothers George and Will Laughton on their international careers.
Will made his Great Britain junior debut at the weekend and George picks up his first Under 23 vest on Saturday.
Will, a 17-year-old Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College student, won a silver medal in a quad at the Munich International Junior Regatta.
He earned his call by winning all the GB sculling assessments through the autumn and spring and was picked to row three in a quad and in a double.
The quad easily won its heat and then battled out a thrilling final, losing to the German crew by half a length. Will and his crewmate were fourth in the doubles final after winning the heat.
George, a 20-year-old ex-Sir John Deane's student, is at Newcastle University and has been called into the U23s to row in an eight and four this weekend.
They are both from Lower Withington and aim to emulate Matthew Langridge, the Great Britain and Olympic oarsman and former World Junior champion.
Langridge, of London Road, travelled to Northwich from his London base on Sunday with James Cracknell, who was the special guest at the Thundersprint.
The club acquired a Simms eight boat and named it Matthew Langridge in his honour. Northwich coach and club stalwart Paul Rafferty was also honoured with a new four named after him. nThe Grange School Rowing Club registered a double double at the Merseyside Regatta.
Coach Graham Jump said: 'We had two sets of twins out - and they both won!'
John and Edward Ford and Josh and Sam Goodman were the victorious foursome, among nine wins by the Grange over the 500m and 800m courses.
They were: MJ14 coxed quads Josh & Sam Goodman, Richard Digby, Oliver Gaskell and cox Fiona Hill; J15 double John & Ed Ford; J15 double Annabel Toleman & Talya Jeffrey WJ15 coxed quad Anna Dalzell, Talya Jeffrey, Sasha Morgan-Manley, Annabel Toleman and cox Sarah Hickson, who also won the J16 event; J16s single sculler Caroline Taylor. Edward Ford won his single.
Sophie Mottram (2), Fiona Hill and Deepika Reddy also chalked up wins in composite crews. And Northwich RC enjoyed a double double as Peter Wood and Scott Alder (J18s) and Ben Jones and Ronan Lomas (Novice) won their double sculls events at Merseyside.