Laurence Joss of Tideway Scullers at February Assessment 2018
Laurence Joss storms the Junior February Assessment in Boston
Exactly one week after Leander sculler, Angus Groom put in an outstanding performance at the senior Third Assessment, Laurence Joss of Tideway Scullers stormed the Boston Junior Assessment. Joss, 193 cms and 84.5 kgs, from Tideway Scullers School, won the singles event on Saturday by just under 6 seconds over 5,000m.
The competition in the junior men’s single sculls was fierce with Victor Kleshnev and Edoardo Marshall of Maidenhead RC taking second and third whilst Fawley Challenge Cup winner, Bryn Ellery of The Windsor Boys School came fourth. Kleshnev and Ellery were in the JM4x that took silver at the Junior World Championships in Trakai last year. Marshall was part of the JM4x that went to Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel in 2017.
“The conditions were great, considering it was held in Boston,” Joss told WEROW, “ I always knew Victor Kleshnev was the one to watch. I went off first and he went third and I thought right, just keep an eye on him, and make sure he doesn’t come any closer”.
Laurence Joss of Tideway Scullers won the JM1x by over six seconds
On Sunday, Joss partnered up with Jake Offiler of Globe RC in the double but were beaten by Kleshnev and Ellery. “I hadn’t sculled with Jake before we were put together for the assessment, but we had a couple of training sessions at Caversham and Eton Dorney.”
Joss was inspired to start rowing by his brother Edward who had started with Tideway Scullers having sustained injuries in football. “He seemed to really enjoy it so I just decided to see what it was like.” Joss attends Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School, a Catholic state school in Central London and is now head coach of their rowing club, started by his brother Edward in 2015 and based out of Fulham Reach BC.
A member of the Tideway Scullers first eight, Joss is coached by Chris Williams and trains pretty much full time with two erg and two weights sessions after school and double water sessions at TSS at the weekend. “It’s quite time-consuming but you’ve got to be quite disciplined. My parents are very supportive but they really push me to do the school work!”
At the Scullers Head Joss came 4th. “It wasn’t my best race but I came 5th the year before so I guess its an improvement. Calvin Tarzy, who won Scullers head, is a good friend of mine as he used to row at Scullers. “I knew he was gunning for me because I beat him at Early ID trials in November and he wasn’t happy. I knew I had a big target on my back.
As for the future Joss is in discussions with the University of Washington and has an offer from Oxford Brookes University. “University of Washington is very big and very expensive but the facilities are amazing”. No doubt the Brookes scouts will be camped out at Tideway Scullers for some time, pressing the economic benefits of a domestic degree.