The Cornwall School Games Indoor Rowing Competition which is part of the winter games series ran on the 9th December at Penair School. The event was ran by British Rowing coach Kevin Sellar and Cornwall Sports Partnership with support from young leaders from the host school, and local rowing clubs. 208 pupils took part in the races including a new ‘projectability’ category for SEN pupils. Liskeard school took the overall title with the most points awarded across the competition.
Stand out performances came from year 7 Evie DuCros (Truro School) with 534m in 2 mins (106%) and Rudy Donavon (Mullion School) 854m in 3 mins (105%). Many of the competitors are regulars on the CPGA gig racing and West of England ARA circuit. Jade Colton (Fowey gig club and Plymouth ARC) won the year 12/13 girls 2000m race in 7mins 56, before going on to compete at the British Indoors the following day in London with a time of 7mins 47.
The regional indoor rowing competition will run on the 28th February at UCP Marjon. Cornish schools can also link with their local rowing club to enter the watersports games which will run in June 2017.
Rhiannon Bailey: ‘Rowing in Cornwall is extremely popular, it’s fantastic to see so many schools engaging with the sport, both indoors and linking to their local club. Support from our coach Kevin Sellar who runs a satellite club project has helped many schools to improve their indoor rowing programmes across the County. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the competitors at the regional competition in February.’
The British Indoor Rowing Championships (BRIC) was held on the 10th Dec at the Lea Valley Athletics Centre. This competition provides an opportunity to compete against the best rowers in the country and several rowers from Team GB took part. A large contingent from Plymouth ARC went up to compete, along with several other local rowers. Laura Macro (former Plymouth ARC rower, now Bath University) took the U23 lightweight race in 7 mins 19 secs with Briony Lawrence (former Greenbank Falmouth, now at Hartpury College) finishing 2nd in 7 mins 24 secs. Gig rower Sally Thompson (Flushing & Mylor) finished 4th in the 40-49 womens category with an impressive 7 mins 20 seconds for 2000m. Juniors from Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay: Will Cleasby, Emily Vater, Sam Duggan and Edward Fuller also produced some great performances, finishing in the top 4 in their categories. More from the British Rowing Indoor Championships: http://indoorchamps.britishrow