Rower raises cash for race

READY, STEADY, GO: Esther Momcilovic will represent Cambridge University in the Henley Boat Race.
READY, STEADY, GO: Esther Momcilovic will represent Cambridge University in the Henley Boat Race.
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A YOUNG rower from Earlsheaton is set to compete in the world famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race.

Former Heckmondwike Grammar pupil Esther Momcilovic will represent Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club at the Henley Boat Races on March 27.

The 22-year-old has been chosen as coxswain for one of three boats to be fielded by her club.

Miss Momcilovic, of Crown Flatt Way, said: “It’s wonderful to have the chance to work with people at such a high level of the sport. It’s really prestigious to take part and represent the university.”

But each oars woman must raise £500 to cover the cost of transport, accommodation and kit for the event.

She said: “The women’s side never seems to get as much publicity as the men’s. The men’s teams get lots of sponsorship offers but the women’s don’t, which is why we’re going out to get our own. I’m hoping a local firm will support someone from their town.”

Now in her fourth year, Miss Momcilovic began rowing three years ago and passed a gruelling selection process to win a place on the team.

She said: “I’m excited but also very nervous. We do all this training for six months and it’s all for one race. You win or lose. There’s no second place.”

Visit www.cuwbc.org or send a cheque payable to CUWBC to Isabel Boanas Evans, Murrary Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF.