Rowing the Queen's Barge, Gloriana

Batten Sisters leading the Diamond Jubilee Pageant - Rowing the Queen’s Barge, Gloriana

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We are delighted to announce that Old Dauntseians, Guin (79/86) and Miriam Batten (81/83) are amongst the crew on the Queen’s Barge, Gloriana which will lead the Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the Thames on Sunday 3rd June.

The £1m boat will be powered by 18 oarsmen, including Olympic rowers Sir Steven Redgrave CBE, Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE as well as the Batten sisters. Guin and Miriam won a Silver medal at Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed by Mark Edwards and inspired by the barges seen on the Thames in the 18th century, the Gloriana is decorated with gold leaf, a mermaid and sea serpent. Apparently the Queen won’t be on the Gloriana because of security concerns but she will be following on a motor cruiser instead.

Guin tells us that they have been out with Steve Redgrave and Matt Pinsent training and that one of the biggest challenges will be setting the right speed for the whole pageant. With 18 rowers and the tide flowing with them it will be quite a challenge to go slowly enough!

The Great Britain crew of Guin Batten, Gillian Lindsay, Katherine Grainger and Miriam Batten celebrate Silver in the Womens' Quadruple Rowing Sculls at the Sydney Olympics.

Links: Batten Sports Scholarships and Old Dauntseians

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