King's Worcester

20 May

Alice Wins GB Gold at the International Junior Regatta

Upper Sixth student Alice B is celebrating this week after she and her crewmates brought home Gold for Great Britain at the International Junior Regatta held in Munich.

Alice and her three crewmates competed in the Under 19 Women’s Four 2000m at the competition.  The GB boat finished in a very close second place during the heats, which qualified them for the final later that day. The girls rowed superbly and won the final race, beating five other top-class European teams. 

This was Alice’s first race for Great Britain after international racing was put on hold throughout the pandemic. The win is a promising start for Alice and her GB rowing career.  

Mr Chalmers, Head of Rowing said of Alice’s win, “We watched the racing in the Michael Baker Boathouse on Saturday and the coaches and rowers were so delighted to see Alice racing on the international stage. To win the gold medal was absolutely brilliant and the result of such hard work and incredible talent. She is such a wonderful ambassador for the sport and School and to us a superstar.” 

Alice added, “I really can’t believe it; it’s still only sinking in. It was a very tough challenge and one of the toughest and most nerve-wracking experiences I’ve had to endure. The other European teams were simply incredible, but we pulled together for the final and gave it our all.  

“Competing for Great Britain has always been a goal of mine, and I’m grateful that all the time spent training over the past few years has paid off. I learnt a lot over the weekend which I can take forward into summer racing, hopefully for both the school and GB.” 

My passion for rowing started here at King’s and I’ve been so fortunate to receive incredible support and coaching from both the King’s Boat Club, the wider King’s rowing community and the incredible GB junior rowing team.” 

This is one of many recent achievements for Alice. She achieved Silver in the gruelling 2,000m World Rowing Indoor Championships in February 2021 and Gold in the Under 18 Women’s Pair at the British Junior Rowing Championship in July 2021. Alice’s incredible talents have been duly rewarded as she will be continuing her rowing career in USA at Stanford University next year, where she was recently awarded a full rowing scholarship.