France – Great Britain international regatta at the Léry-Poses rowing basin

France – Great Britain international regatta at the Léry-Poses rowing basin
France – Great Britain international regatta at the Léry-Poses rowing basin

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Jul 11, 2024 at 7:10 AM

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The French Rowing Federation (FFA) has chosen the Léry nautical stadium – Poses for the international regatta in the rowing basin. This historic confrontation scheduled for Saturday July 13, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between France and Great Britain in the spirit of cordial understanding.

After his two victories in 2022 and 2023, the French team would like to make the three-peat in Normandy territory. “We are in the format of the famous Oxford-Cambridge meeting,” he stressed calmly Patrick Madrouxthe delegated president of the Léry-Poses park and former president of AONES Louviers, who pushed for the creation of this rowing and canoeing pool. “This is a great first on the very beautiful rowing and canoeing site,” says Bernard Leroy, president of the Seine-Eure Agglomeration.

30 volunteers

For the organization of this international meeting, the FFA has delegated the preparation and logistics of the event to the Normandy Rowing League (LNA). Antoine Beltramello of the LNA is the technical, sports and regional manager. “With the AONES and the managers of the Léry-Poses leisure park, we have been preparing this together for several weeks, the practical means to welcome the French and English athletes in the best operational conditions”, indicates Antoine Beltramello. The FFA managers will arrive on Thursday evening, the day before the competition. And 30 volunteers are thus mobilized for the success of the meeting. The AONES will mark out the pool.

Two Normans in the national selection

The magnificent 2,085 meter basin should allow nearly 140 young athleteswho will arrive on Wednesday to train, to try to improve their performances and make their country win. The young French athletes aged 15 and 16 were selected at the end of April in Libourne (Gironde) by the FFA during the U17 selection regatta. Two young Norman athletes will be taking part, Margaux Campion (CNA Rouen) and Héloïse Gentin (CN Belbeuf).

There will be 16 courses men and women on 1,500 and 1,000 meters which will mark the first part of the morning. Then, seven mixed 500 meter races uncounted will close this international and friendly competition.

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The principle of the competition is simple. The athletes will compete in turn on 13 boats of 1, 2, 3 or 8 places. “Each race won individually or in a group earns one point for their country. At the end of the duels and the meeting in the 1,000 and 1,500 meter events, the country that has scored the most points will win the final collective victory,” explains Antoine Beltramello. Each boat winner will receive a medal.

“Bringing the nautical center into the top level”

To reach the meeting site, the entrance is on the Tournedos-sur-Seine side, via the Seine road. A sign is provided to access a car park. It is useful to remember that entry is free. Discovery activities will be offered by the local AONES club.

July 13 will also be an important moment for the strengthening of the sports infrastructure of the Léry-Poses park. “We will inaugurate, just after the France Great Britain match, the nautical stadium with a new hangar for the boats as well as a weight room. We are bringing the nautical center into the top level”, emphasizes Bernard Leroy with great satisfaction.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games are passing through the territory of the agglomeration. Thus, the Chinese canoe team, which won three medals in Tokyo (2021), will arrive on July 19 at the Léry-Poses basin site to train for 15 days before joining the Olympic competition venue.

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