StepUp Grant for Rower Zoe

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Zoe Taylor aged 15 and from Windlesham, has been awarded a StepUp grant to help her improve her rowing.

StepUp is a small grants programme run by the Windle Valley Youth Project which aims to celebrate, encourage and support success in young people.

Zoe tells a little of her story:

“I started rowing in year 8 (age 13).  First we went on the machines, and after sitting on one no more than 15 times I was entered into the English Indoor Rowing Championships where I came away with a silver medal (to everyone’s surprise – especially my mums!).

After Easter we went on the water for the first time, I loved it!  By the end of the summer term my school coach suggested I joined a club outside of school.  I thought it was a great idea (even more rowing!) so joined Reading Rowing Club in July 2010.  The next year I entered races both off and on the water, including English Indoors (again) where I came home with gold!

Recently I have won South of England Indoor Rowing Championships, picked up bronze at National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships and also a silver medal at Oar Sports Junior Sculling Head at Dorney Lake in Eton where I was racing in a J17 (Under 17) quad even though I’m only J15, so silver was an amazing result.”

As well as getting a money to buy a video camera to help improve her technique, Step-Up has arranged for Zoe to get performance advice from Live-NoLimits.