On Wednesday 25th June, Gig Rowing will once again be a part of the Cornwall School Games. Schools will be able to enter teams to compete in Cornish Pilot Gigs, as part of a watersports day – ran at Mylor Harbour. Other sports will include sailing & kayaking.
Last year almost 200 young people competed in the gig rowing event in the following categories: Year 7-9 open, Year 7-9 female, Year 10+11 Open, Year 10+11 female. In 2013 Mullion school took the limelight, winning all of the categories with a team made up of rowers from Cadgwith & Coverack gig clubs.
What is the school games?
Each county in England runs a school games competition as a one off event, or series of events throughout the year. https://www.yourschoolgames.com/
Who runs the event?
The event is administered by Cornwall Sports Partnership. The CSP work with local sporting bodies to put on the sporting events. The gig rowing competition is ran in partnership with: British Rowing, Falmouth Gig Club & local volunteers from clubs in the area and the CPGA.
How can I get involved?
Entries are made by the schools who are expected to link with local clubs. Each team needs to have a club link(s) and provide an experienced coxswain. It is up to the club and the school to organise pre event training & creation of teams. If your club would like to get involved – get in to contact with your local school and encourage them to enter a team. Teams entered will need to have been rowing with a local club. The closing date for entries is the 9th May.
If anyone feels that they are able to volunteer on the day to support the competition, please do get in touch: [email protected] 07818576145.
Who provides the equipment?
In 2013, local clubs in the carrick roads provided wooden gigs to race in, along with oars, pins & cushions. This support is invaluable for the successful organisation of the event.
What’s the benefit?
The aim of the games is to encourage schools and clubs to create links to develop their junior sections. The event gives another competition for junior gig rowing and hopes to encourage young people to stay in the sport. In being included in the school games, gig rowing is being recognised alongside other sports such as netball & football.
For more information please contact
Rhiannon Halliday: [email protected] 07818576145
or Natasha Howard – [email protected]