Duchy College & Cornwall College Saltash Sport Maker, Kate Bourn, has triumphed in the 2017 World Pilot Gig Championships, coming home with a gold medal for the second year running. Held on the Isles of Scilly, this was the 28th year of the championships.
Gig rowing is the fastest growing sport in the South West, with teams comprising of six rowers, one coxswain and a gig. This was Kate’s sixth World Championships with Caradon Gig Club, with the team winning gold for the second time.
“I really struggle with nerves and because we were the title holders, it created that much more pressure. Last year we were the underdogs but this year we were being gunned for,” Kate said.
An incredible 144 ladies crew completed and 140 men crews from all over England, Holland and as far as America. The conditions were tough with strong winds and choppy seas resulting in some crews having to withdraw from the competition.
“Our plan for the final was just to get out in front and control the race for the first half and then put our foot down which is what we did,” Kate continued.
“Hearing the claxon telling us we had won was the best thing. Relief, amazement, excitement, every emotion I think we felt after that race.”
Kate said the crew was slightly different from last year, “but everyone stepped up to the mark”.
“It is the most amazing feeling being World Champions again,” she continued.
“We are looking forward now and are hoping to have a successful season this year and hopefully end with our third gold County Championship Medal.”