Stanhope competes in World Rowing Junior Championships

William Stanhope wrapped up his time at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with a fourth place finish in the E final of the Junior Men’s Single Sculls. Stanhope, who represented The Bahamas at the championships for the first time last year, stopped the clock in 8:51.43.

Angus Foster of New Zealand won that final in 8:37.33, Christopher Truhin of Colombia was second in 8:41.64 and Adam Stiffel from Slovakia was third in 8:45.50.

Lithuanian standout Armandas Kelmelis won the A final in 7:09.72. Anton Finger of Germany won the silver medal in 7:13.25 and Lucas Ferreira took the bronze medal in 7:15.90.

The World Rowing Junior Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation). A rower or coxswain shall be classified as a junior until December 31 of the year in which he reaches the age of 18. After that date, he shall be classified as an under 23 rower.

During Olympic years it is held at the same location as the senior world rowing championships. Stanhope hopes that his time at the prestigious event can help raise the level of awareness of the sport of rowing locally.

“I am so glad I could row for The Bahamas for the second year in a row at the international level,” said Stanhope. “The support from the Bahamas Olympic Committee has been tremendous and has been instrumental in allowing me to raise awareness of the sport back home.”

Stanhope, along with Lex Fountain made history for The Bahamas when they finished 18th overall in the junior men’s double sculls. Both of them still train locally with the Nassau Rowing Club.

“All of us at the Nassau Rowing Club are incredibly proud of William, his trip is a testament to his hard work and dedication to this great sport. Hopefully William’s achievements provide a stepping stone in the continued growth of rowing here in The Bahamas,” said Thomas Dunn, interim president of NRC.

The World Rowing Junior Championships features nearly 800 athletes from 59 different nations.