A brilliant rowing weekend was capped off with both gold and silver medals in the Junior Mixed Relay race at the British Rowing Indoor Championships. The event required two girls and two boys to each row for two minutes on an indoor rowing machine, their efforts combined to decide a very exciting race, where the KSW Blue Crew, narrowly defeated the KSW Red Crew, to claim a stunning first and second place.
Gold Medalists: Georgie Thorp, Alice Baker, Alex Checkley and Luke Beever
Silver Medalists: Bea Beever, Maple Unwin, Jack Barclay and Ned Meredith
Alice’s performance on Saturday has given her automatic qualification via the European qualification event (British Rowing Indoor Championships) into the World Rowing Indoor Championships at the end of February.
The British Rowing Indoor Championships, normally held at the Olympic Velodrome in London, moved to an online format due to the pandemic and attracted entries from all over the globe, with machines linked from as far afield as Australia, making it a truly international event.
The relay was a third medal of the day for Maple Unwin (FF), she had secured the Gold medal in her individual race over 500 metres in a brilliant display of power and control over her rivals, after just missing out on another gold and having to settle for a silver medal by just 5 metres in the gruelling six-minute race. Alice Baker (L6) rowed a magnificent 2000 metre race on Saturday in a scintillating time, just over seven minutes, claiming the silver medal. Dominated by British athletes, her race included Danish, Swiss and Russian entrants in the top ten.
“Although this year’s socially distanced competition lacked the usual buzz of the crowd and wasn’t hosted at the velodrome, having won a bronze medal two years ago, and a silver last year, the team pushed harder than ever to finally achieve the gold medal we have been aiming for.” – Alex Checkley (U6)
“The results are an absolute credit to the students, who have managed to maintain their motivation throughout a very difficult period. To perform so well across all our entries at this extremely competitive event, with all the students achieving personal bests, is very exciting for the future.” – Mr Jim Chalmers (Head of Rowing)