Alumni news: Anthony Lester Wins at Henley 2016

July 19, 2016 | Campus | Author: Simon Lester

We love to hear from our wonderful alumni. It's always amazing to hear and read these stories of inspiring excellence and making a world of difference.

Below is an update on Anthony Lester who matriculated from the Boys' College in 2004. Anthony is wearing a white cap in the photo below. This update (below) was written by his father Simon Lester.

Anothony Lester rowing. Photo courtesy of the Lester Family

Anthony Lester (Pitts House – 2004) – Wins at Henley 2016 by Simon Lester

In the most dramatic finish seen at the Henley Royal Regatta for a number of years, Anthony Lester rowing at Bow in the Thames Rowing Club elite coxless four won his second Henley medal in two years in the Visitor’s Challenge Cup. Anthony’s crew beat allcomers in the ‘Visitors’ including a number of overseas crews. The final race was against a very powerful University of California, Berkeley crew.

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This will bring an end to Anthony’s competitive rowing career that started with Saints as an U14 in 2000. At the time, the 1st VIII was “Trogan” and the 1st IV rowed in “Fisheagle”. Anthony’s first race was in the VLC regatta in “Harrier” where the Saints crew came stone last by at least 200 meters.

During his career, Anthony has won over 50 medals (including golds at SA Champs) and he has won 3 consecutive Buffalo 1st VIII’s whilst racing for Saints. He attended a Junior World Championship in 2003, he won Boatrace 2008 rowing for Wits (also awarded a University rowing “Blue”), he won a senior VIII Gold at SA Champs, and he competed in 9 consecutive Henley’s racing for Wits and the Thames Rowing Club.

Anthony now lives in London.