1994 World Rowing Championships
The GB women’s lightweight coxless four which had won the World Championships in 1993 took silver in 1994 at the Worlds in Indianapolis. Although you might expect them to have been disappointed, they largely felt relieved to be on the podium at all because, after a winter successfully building their already impressive skills and fitness, Annamarie Stapleton was then out of the boat with an injury for the summer racing season.
Meanwhile the GB women’s openweight team hit a numerical low with only three people (a pair and a single) racing at the Championships.
1994 was the last of four consecutive years when Tonia Williams represented GB, during which time she won a gold and two silver medals in the hugely successful lightweight coxless four.
Although born in Britain, Tonia grew up in New Zealand but moved back to the UK to progress her rowing career. She was a loyal member of Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association.
The photo at the top of this page shows (from left) Alison ‘Wilma’ Brownless, Tonia, Jane Hall and Annamarie Stapleton at the 1994 World Rowing Championships and is from Annamarie Phelps’ personal collection.