Tori’s team are Euro stars in second spot

WELL DONE: Spaldings Tori Callaby is pictured fifth from the left with her medal-winning team-mates at the European Championships.
WELL DONE: Spaldings Tori Callaby is pictured fifth from the left with her medal-winning team-mates at the European Championships.
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It was smiles all round for Spalding coach Tori Callaby who helped steer her team-mates to a silver medal at the European Championships.

The Red Rose Rafting Team – competing as GBR2 – took second spot in the sprint discipline and finished seventh overall out of 14 competing countries in the event held in Slovenia.

Tori (37), who was part of the six-strong team which finished ninth last year, was forced to take on a coaching role this time after sustaining an injury.

She said: “I’m so proud of the girls, to get the silver medal, second fastest ladies team in Europe was unexpected but brilliant and it buoyed them up for the rest of the events.

“We did so much better than last year in Bosnia – so all the hard work we’ve all put in in the last year has definitely paid off.”

The Red Rose Rafting Team, which was formed back in 2009 by a group of friends who share a passion for outdoor activities and pursuits, is currently ranked second in the country.

The majority of its members come from the Lancashire area – with Tori the only one based in Lincolnshire.

They took on four elements – sprint, head to head, slalom and endurance – during the event and were thrilled to make it onto the podium.

“We’re determined to hold on to our GBR2 status next year and go again,” said Tori, a British Gas white goods engineer at Peterborough.

“We’ve certainly given the first team food for thought. We were right behind them in sprint and actually did better than them at slalom in terms of getting gates so they’ll have to watch us now!”

Tori hopes to return to competition later this year and is determined the team will go on to qualify for next year’s six-man competition.

You can follow the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/RedRoseRapidsRafting