For the third year running, Cornwall Sports Partnership have incorporated Gig Rowing in the School Games Framework. The competition allows secondary school age pupils to compete for their schools in Cornish Pilot gigs, in the same manner as other mainstream sports such as netball and football. With the water event cancelled and ran as an indoor event in 2012 due to high winds, we are really keen that this years event is a success!
This years event will take place on Wednesday 3rd July at Mylor Yacht Harbour, on the same day as the schools sailing regatta. The event has been made possible through support from various partners:
SCHOOLS enter teams in 4 categories: Year 7-9 Open, Year 7-9 Girls, Year 10+11 Open, Year 10+11 Girls. The rowers should be existing gig rowers who are competent to race. The school will link to a local club who will provide a coxswain for the day, and possibly some pre event training.
The on the water racing will be run in partnership with Falmouth Gig Club. The races will be short straight line sprints, with a repecharge system allowing crews to race at least twice throughout the day. Crews will be taking part in wooden boats loaned by the following clubs: Falmouth, St Agnes, Devoran, Helford, Roseland, Nankersey, Cadgwith, Flushing & Mylor. Racing will start at 10am, with presentations at 4pm.
Who has entered??
We have had a great response from schools, with 23 crews entered from 11 schools – that’s 138 participants! The following schools have entered: Cape Cornwall, Mounts Bay, Mullion, St Ives, Fowey, Penryn, Wadebridge, Looe, Bude, Saltash, Newquay Tretherras.
How can I get involved??
We have had a great response from local clubs – not just for loaning equipment, but also volunteer support on the day. Obviously with the event being part of the school calendar, it is run on a weekday, which will limit the amount of people able to support the event. If anyone is willing to help out on the day, and support this event for the rowers of our future – please get in touch with Rhiannon or Rachel.
This competition helps to support clubs linking with local schools, offering an additional competition for young rowers. If you are keen to see how you can be involved next year, please get in touch. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped so far.
For more on the Cornwall School Games : http://www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk/cornwall-school-games
Rachel Knott (Cornwall Sports Partnership) email@example.com
Rhiannon Halliday (British Rowing SW Area Participation Manager) Rhiannon.firstname.lastname@example.org