Offshore engineering solutions company, Aquaterra Energy, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Steven Parsonage, a top-class 18 year old sculler from Norwich Rowing Club, who placed 1st in the GB trials last November.
Steven began rowing at just 12 years old and, after some training on Concept 2 rowing machines, soon realised his potential behind the oars. His PE teacher at the time encouraged him to join the local rowing club, where Steven has been a member for the past five years.
Aquaterra Energy’s sponsorship means that Steven now has more support than ever with opportunities to train in camps in Nantes, France, as well as entry into the illustrious GB trials this year. Steven said: “Without the sponsorship from Aquaterra Energy I would not be able to seize all the opportunities around me and therefore possibly not reach my potential. Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to even enter the GB trials last November, so finding out I had been placed 1st was a really great surprise.”
Steven is currently studying physics, further mathematics, and mathematics for his A-Levels at Notre Dame School in Norwich and will study General Engineering at Durham University this September, with the hope of becoming an engineer. Steven added: “After looking at the different types of engineering and what my degree might involve, General Engineering very much became my first choice, as I thought I would find it challenging and rewarding, just like rowing!”
Steven is soon to face a number of different trials for both European and International Championships and has been selected to compete for Great Britain Junior Rowing Team at the Munich Regatta on 10th and 11th May. He will form part of a team of six male scullers racing at the event with stiff competition expected from the German team ahead of the Junior World Championships in August. Patrick Phelan, Managing Director of Aquaterra Energy, said: “Steven is clearly a highly determined young man and we are very impressed with his achievements. We wish him the very best of luck for the future, in both his rowing and his studies.
“To be able to sponsor such a talented individual from Norwich is a wonderful opportunity for Aquaterra Energy, and forms part of our commitment to supporting young people across the UK. Steven has proved himself to be an excellent sportsman and of course we are delighted that he has such a keen interest in engineering as a career choice. We look forward to discussing all that Aquaterra Energy can offer for young people looking to enter the oil and gas industry.”