Callington SSP indoor rowing event report

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Callington SSP indoor rowing event
Rhiannon Halliday, HSCT Scholarship Coach

Several junior gig rowers took part in the Callington school sports partnership indoor rowing competition, run in December. Due to transport problems, entries for the competition were completed at the respective schools during school time and after school clubs and then emailed in to the partnership office. Schools taking part were Looe, and Bude. The after school club at Looe school has been well established for over a year, and the pupils came away with the lions share of the results. However, Saltash.Net pupils put up a good fight to win three of the categories.

The majority of the members of the Looe indoor rowing club, row for the gig club – which saw a huge boost in junior numbers in 2009. The top three places in the year 9 girls category, who race for 4 minutes were taken by pupils who completed an 8 week learn to row course at the club in the summer and then went on to compete in the under 14 county championships. Jess Lee took first place, followed by Jade Major and Josie Marks. First, second and fourth positions in the boys equivalent also went to under 14 rowers. Adam Haler and Gus Gordon (first and second places) were members of the Looe crew who rowed to third place at this years championship. Ed O’connel, a promising young rower took fourth place in the category. The top two places in the year 10 girls race were taken by Lucy Rawe and Damaris Butters. These two girls stroked last seasons under 14 crew to second place and are also members of the under 16 crew. The two girls also have a lot of success with Polperro flashboat club. All 7 Looe entrants in the year 10 boys race bar one are gig rowers, and make up the bulk of the junior section at the club. In finishing order, Luke Chapman, Zach Thomas, Alex Hicks and Fred Alsop made up the rest of the second placed under 14 crew of 2009, along with Lucy and Damaris. Luke achieved a high score of 95%, rowing 1363m in 5 minutes. Spencer Delf and Reece Bassett took sixth and seventh place. This strong representation of the club proves the depth of talent within Looes junior section.

The indoor rowing club at school has only been running a matter of weeks, but already the pupils are showing potential for future competitions. A handful of indoor club members already row for both Caradon gig club and Saltash rowing club (affiliated to the CRA, and row flashboats and skiffs). Young Kieron Stapleton, member of Saltash RC finished in 6th place in the year 7 boys race. Hayden Fraser began rowing for both Caradon and Saltash this year and won several CRA trophies in his first year. He added the year 8 boys title to his collection, with a percentage of 88%. Lewis Stewart also rows for both clubs in the same crews as Hayden, and finished in 5th place in the year 9 boys category. Josh Copeland who completed his first season with Caradon gig club in 2009 finished 6th in the year 11 boys race, rowing for 6 minutes. It is hoped that more pupils from the indoor club will make the transition onto the water this summer to row with Caradon and strengthen the junior section.

The next event is the county indoor championships, held at Newquay Tretherras on the 27th January. Good luck to all young gig rowers competing!

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