Wednesday 30th April saw 289 pupils from over 30 schools descend on UCP Marjon for the regional indoor rowing competition. Competitors in years 7-11 rowed for a set time depending on their age group, while year 12 and 13 rowed for 2,000m. As well as a position, rowers are given a score, worked out from a ‘gold medal target’ which gives them 100%. The standard of the competition was very high, with all winners scoring over their target distance. The most impressive score of the day came in the year 7 male race, with winning pupil Andrew Wheeler of Exmouth Community College scoring a massive 111% – 567m in 2 minutes. The top seven pupils in this race all achieved above the gold medal target. 24 machines were linked up to a big screen, which kept supporters up to date with the results of each race. The standard of indoor rowing in the region is improving each year, with competitors from the West often bringing back medals from the national indoor rowing championships.
Indoor rowing clubs are extremely popular in schools in the region, with some fantastic work going on in schools, ran by coaches employed through British Rowing and school sports partnerships. Indoor rowing is often where the less sporty pupils come into their own, and such a high level of participation is great to see.
Exmouth Community College came away from the day with the majority of the team honours, winning the year 7 ‘Project Oarsome’ trophy, the overall boys and overall school trophies. Devonport High School for Girls won the overall girls trophy.
A big thanks to UCP Marjon for their hospitality on the day, to the West region British Rowing coaching team and the several volunteers who helped make the day a success.
Year 12/13 (2,000m): Jacob Dawson (Plymstock) 6.28 / Alice Jackson (Kingsley school) 7.25
Year 7 (2mins): Lucy Brighly (Bolitho) 530m 108% / Andrew Wheeler (Exmouth) 567m 111%
Year 8 (3mins): Alice Jenkins (Bruton) 780m 104% / Toby Cuthburt (Exmouth) 827m 102%
Year 9 (4mins): Emily Kneale (Bodmin) 1026m 100% / Tom Wordon (Mullion) 1148m 102%
Year 10 (5mins): Chloe Brew (Coombe Dene) 1346m 105% / Ed Holmes (Cape Cornwall) 1474m 104%
Year 11 (6mins): Imogen Mackie (St.Margarets) 1585m 102% / Tom James (Devonport High School for Boys) 1769m 102%