Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club Junior wins rowing scholarship to Eton

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One of Barum Pilot Gig Club’s Junior rowers, Ollie Gysin, aged 15, has been awarded a scholarship by Eton College to attend a week-long rowing course at the world-famous Dorney Lake rowing facility. Dorney Lake is a purpose-built rowing lake near the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire, and is around 3 km (2 miles) west of Windsor and Eton, close to the River Thames. The lake is privately owned and financed by Eton College, which spent £17 million developing it. It was the venue for the 2012 Olympic rowing competitions.

Thanks also go to Braunton Gym, which has kindly offered to sponsor Ollie by providing training facilities on their premises in the weeks leading up to his time at Dorney lake in August this year. Ollie is now training three times a week at the gym.

Ollie is an enthusiastic member of Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club and has been prominent in their fund-raising efforts this year to win the funds for a new Watersports Centre for Barnstaple.  He is very excited about winning the scholarship and takes every opportunity to row with the Barum Club in the weeks leading up to his time at Dorney Lake.

Mickey Fry, BPGC Training Co-ordinator and Junior section club organiser said “This is a wonderful opportunity for Ollie to experience world-class rowing coaching and I know that he will benefit enormously from it.  We are all extremely proud of him and look forward to hearing all about his experiences on his return.”



Barnstaple Gig Club members shown here presenting a cheque for £1150.00 to Childrens Hospice South West last Monday evening.  This was the proceeds of a club Rowathon held earlier in the year, when club members rowed the equivalent distance from Barnstaple to Birmingham over a Saturday and Sunday, on two Ergo rowing machines in Tescos store in Barnstaple. One club member (Graeme Clarke) rowed the equivalent distance of a road marathon in 3 hours and six minutes, and about 40 other club members took turns in half-hour sessions over the weekend.


Courtesty of David Dixon, Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club

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