On Saturday, members of the Boat Club travelled to London to compete in the British Rowing Indoor Championships, held at the Olympic Velodrome. The event hosts over two thousand competitors from all over the country.
Harry Flockhart stole the show, with a devastating performance, crushing his competition to win the gold medal in the Year 11 boys’ five hundred metre sprint. Harry also took bronze in the six minute row and capped off a superb day on the rowing machine as part of the bronze medal winning boys’ relay team. Harry’s three medals added to a total tally of eighteen for the team of seventeen rowers which we took to the championships; an outstanding performance by any measure.
All four of our relay teams gained medals in magnificent displays of teamwork and incredible determination in the fiercest of competitions, which even saw Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins make his rowing debut at the velodrome.
Our silver medal winning Year 10 mixed team consisted of; Tom Angell, Beatrice Beever, Thomas Holland and Georgie Thorp. Our other relay teams all gained bronze medals. The Senior Boys; Ollie Colebourne, Harry Flockhart, Andrew Salkeld, Mark Salkeld. The Senior Girls; Amelia Clark, Emily Havercroft, Sophie Lee, Jemima Moss. Mixed seniors; Henry Armstrong, Bea Evans, Alice Evans, Charlie Kenny.
Other, outstanding individual performances with top ten finishes came from Jemima Moss in both her individual events (seventh and eighth), Sophie Lee in her five metre sprint (fourth) and Georgie Thorp (seventh) and Beatrice Beever (tenth) in their five hundred metre sprints. Mr Houghton also made his debut with an awesome five hundred metre sprint, placing thirteenth in the Open Men’s category.
This Friday, members of the Boat Club will take to the rowing machines once again for their annual Indoor Rowing Charity Challenge, when they will attempt to row one million metres in support of their chosen charities, 'Cardiac Risk in the Young', 'Birmingham Children’s Hospital' and 'Kaleidoscope'. More information about these charities can be found on their Virgin Money Giving page where donations can also be made – uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KSWBC. Thank you in advance for your support.