At recent 2019 Henley Regatta in St. Catharines
By Pat Payton
ST. CATHARINES – Last year, Grace Hutton won gold in the U-23 women’s singles division here at the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
This year (Aug. 5-11), the 18-year-old Medina resident claimed gold in the U-23 women’s doubles category with her rowing partner Hayley Chase, 22, of Alma (Fergus area).
Representing the Western Rowing Club, Hutton and Chase won the six-boat doubles final in a time of 7:28.8 and picked up the Nancy Storrs Trophy. The pair won the 2,000-metre race by over five seconds. It was their fourth race of the day. In the semi-finals in the morning, Hutton and Chase crossed the finish line in 7:23.45.
Hutton and Chase competed in two events together at this year’s Henley, the U-23 doubles and the Senior doubles. They also competed in U-23 singles, also a 2,000-metre event, with Chase taking gold and Hutton finishing fourth.
National championships next month
Both Hutton and Chase are off to The National Rowing Championships (NRCs) in Burnaby, B.C. at the end of September. This is an annual regatta required to obtain funding for their rowing. Also, with this year being an Olympic selection year, they will be offering National Team training centre invitations to rowers performing to their qualifying standards.
–Weather wreaked havoc with the scheduling at this year’s Henley Regatta.
–This was the third straight summer that Grace Hutton has competed at the famous Henley rowing tournament in St. Catharines. This year was the 137th annual event.
–Hutton and Chase trained together this summer at Fanshawe Lake. Now, they are preparing for school in the fall. Hutton is off to Guelph University where she will study Agricultural Sciences and also row for the school team. Chase attends Laurentian University in Sudbury and is on that school’s rowing team as well.
–The two women will compete in several regattas this fall leading up to the Ontario University Association Regatta (OUAs) in St. Catharines at Henley Island in November. Good results at the OUAs would qualify them for the Canadian University championships (CUs) at Elk Lake in Victoria, B.C. in November.
–Grace is the daughter of Bryan and Joyce Hutton.