OUWBC's Anastasia Chitty Represents GB at World U23 Championships

Anastasia gives a brief insight into her recent experience racing at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. 

Anastasia Chitty (second from the left, front row) winning a silver medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships

"Aside from the joy of getting to row for an extra three weeks of my summer, racing at the World Rowing U23 championships was a great experience that provided many opportunities to learn more.

The challenge of bringing a crew together in just three weeks and the chance to race over many days is different to anything I experienced during the Boat Race or domestic season and was both enjoyable and challenging. We stepped on in each of our races, knowing we'd have to take the race to the Americans in the final. We raced hard to the 1k and our desire for gold was enough to hold us in front of the bronze medallists crossing the line to win silver....not that many of us realised this!

To finish second in the world was pretty cool and the achievement was made more special as it was the fastest any of the crew had been down a 2k track. I'm hugely grateful for all the support and coaching I've received from OUW that allowed me to reach this particular goal. I'm really excited to rejoin my Oxford team mates for the forthcoming season and hopefully draw on some of the experiences I had racing for the U23s."