Wednesday 26th January saw almost 100 pupils compete in the annual indoor rowing competition open to all schools in Cornwall. 11 schools took part in the competition which was open to years 7-11. Each year group race for a set time, with the competitor rowing the furthest distance being crowned the winner. Each race has a ‘gold medal target’, which will give the rowers 100% and scores are worked out as a percentage of the target. Standard this year was extremely high for county level, with 6 competitors scoring 100% or over, 5 of these came from year 7. The highest score of the day came from Ryan Hessell of Cape Cornwall school, with 105%, rowing 536m in 2 minutes. Bolitho and Mullion schools each claimed 3 of the 10 titles, Bodmin provided two winning rowers and Tretherras and Cape Cornwall each provided one victor each. Several competitors also row on the water with their local clubs. This includes category winners Tommy Phillips (Cadgwith gig club and Mullion school), Emily Kneale (Looe rowing club and Bodmin school) and Morgan Bolding (Castle Dore rowing club and Bodmin school). Several rowing clubs have links with local schools, coaching the pupils on indoor rowing machines and inviting them down on to the water. The clubs find that this is an excellent way to support their junior rowing section.
The competition was ran by the Cornwall competition managers team, British Rowing West Region staff, and hosted by Tretherras school. Thanks to Newquay Tretherras and Treviglas for the use of the rowing machines.
The next competition is the UCP Marjon west region schools indoor rowing competition, held on 30th March at Marjon university. Please contact [email protected] for details.
West Region Team Leader