A TEENAGE rower from York just missed out on winning a medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania.

Lucy Edmunds, 17, who rows for York City Rowing Club, was part of a 34-strong Great Britain team which competed at the championships on Lake Galve in Trakai.

Edmunds was part of the women’s quadruple scull, which came fourth in the final of the event. They were beaten in the final by Romania, Germany and Switzerland.

She said: “We were bitterly disappointed to have just missed out on a bronze medal to the Swiss crew in what was a hard and close-fought final.

“To be fourth best in the world is still a great achievement, especially as the winning Romanian crew are the current European champions, and we gave it our all.”

This was the third call-up to the national junior team this year for Edmunds, who is studying A levels in the sixth form at Huntington School.

In May she competed in a quadruple scull and a double scull at the Munich International Junior Regatta, finishing fourth and seventh respectively. She then competed two weeks later in the European Rowing Junior Championships in Krefeld, near Düsseldorf, in a double, where she finished sixth in the final of the event.

Edmunds was selected to represent GB at the World Rowing Junior Championships after four days of trials at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham in July.

The Active York Young Sportswoman of the Year added: “I want to thank everyone at York City Rowing Club for all their help and support and I especially want to thank my coach, Phil Jones, who was with me every step of the way through the long, hard hours of training and trials.

“I would also like to thank SportsAid, the Scarborough ’95 Trust, the GLL Sport Foundation and York City Rowing Club for the financial support I have received from them this year.”

Last year Edmunds won her first call-up to the national junior team, winning a silver medal at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan, Poland, where she competed in a girls’ quadruple scull. The GB Junior Rowing Team won the overall team event at the Coupe.

More than 760 competitors from 59 countries competed at the World Rowing Junior Championships. The Great Britain team finished as runners-up at the championships, their best-ever placing.