Gig Rowing community come together to support schools gig rowing event

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Over 200 enthusiastic young sports stars from Schools across Cornwall took part in the first joint Water Sports day, which saw both sailing and rowing events take place at Mylor Harbour on the 3rd July. This event forms part of the biggest School sporting event in the County, the 2013 Cornwall School Games  – with over 3000 competitors in total.

The Gig Rowing saw 21 crews competing for their schools in a series of straight line sprints in four categories. Each crew that competed linked with local Rowing clubs who provided them with training sessions in the lead up to the competition, crew selection and a club coxswain on the day.

This is the third time that Gig Rowing has been included in the Cornwall School Games and recognised along mainstream sports. This years’ competition was fierce with crews fighting until they had crossed the finish line:

Year 7-9 any – 1st Mullion, 2nd Fowey, 3rd Penryn
Year 7-9 Girls – 1st Mullion, 2nd Tretherras, 3rd Bude
Year 10 + 11 any – 1st Mullion, 2nd Saltash, 3rd Fowey
Year 10 + 11 girls – 1st Mullion, 2nd Looe

Mullion School year 7-9 girls receive their prizes from Rhiannon Halliday of British Rowing.


Well done to all of the competitors and club coxswains for their hard work.

The 2013 Cornwall School Games was organised in partnership by Cornwall Sports Partnership and British Rowing and relied on 8 clubs loaning gigs and equipment and volunteers helping to run the day. The event ran smoothly with Falmouth Gig Club volunteers running the racing with support from the CPGA, and several other club volunteers coordinating from the land. The following clubs lent boats and equipment: Falmouth, St.Agnes, Flushing & Mylor, Nankersey, Roseland, Cadgwith, Helford and Devoran. A special thank you to Greg Oldrieve, Nick & Jamie Maxted, Peter Fisher, Nicola Hazell, Kate Bourn, Milos Stankovic, Cameron Boyle, Phil Pring, Shaun Austin, Kris Jane, Kev Sellar, James Rogers , Dave Merrick, club coxswains and boat towers as well as Mylor harbour & the schools sailing event for their co-operation.

Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership said “what an amazing day for young sports stars in Cornwall.  After the success of last years Olympic and Paralympic Games it’s a great opportunity to build on existing work in School Sport and to showcase the positive impact sport can have on young people.  A lot of work goes into organising these games and I would like to thank all of those people involved in making today a great success.”

Rhiannon Halliday Area Participation Manager for British Rowing said ‘It’s been great to work with Cornwall Sports Partnership again on this event – Rachel Knott did a great job of co-ordinating the competition which ran smoothly on the day. The gig rowing community really came together to make this happen and it’s great to see clubs working with each other to forms school teams for this unique event.’

Crews battle it out on the water

Crews battle it out on the water


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