Oar-some Beth is strokes ahead

Northwich rower and Sir John Deane’s student Beth Willford-Dutton is going for gold after being selected to represent Great Britain at the Munich Regatta in May.

The 17-year-old Upper Sixth student, who studies English Language, Psychology and PE, already has a host of medals to her name, including two golds for Great Britain, which she won in the Junior Women’s 8x and as the Single Sculler at last year’s Coupe de la Jeunesse, in Poland.


Beth Willford-Dutton


In 2016 she became the first Northwich crew member since 2003 to make the final of the Women’s Henley Regatta and the first ever Northwich female crew to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta, securing one of seven spaces from 30 rivals in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.

More recently, Beth, who is from Haslington and attended Sandbach High School, endured a gruelling four-day assessment to qualify for Munich and is now hoping she can continue her winning form over the summer season and eventual qualify for Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jenny Thorpe, Head of PE at Sir John Deane’s, said: “There are not many students who, when asked what their goals are, say a medal in Tokyo whilst also working hard to achieve incredible academic success.

“Beth has juggled her academic commitments with her sporting ambitions and is working hard on all fronts.”

Despite Beth’s rigorous training schedule she has still found time to support the college competing for Sir John Deane’s at the Northwich Head earlier this year.


 Beth Willford-Dutton