King's Sixth Form

19 July

King’s Rowers Crowned British Champions

Sixth Form Pupils Alice B (L6, Ca) and Georgie T (U6, S) are now British Champions, after taking home the gold in the J18 Women’s Pair Division at the British Junior Rowing Championships this summer.

British Rowing British Champions

Alice and Georgie competed in the time trial heats first at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, where they comfortably claimed first place over Marlow Rowing Club and guaranteed their spot in the final.

The final was later on in the day and their J18 Pair went up against seven crews from some of the best rowing clubs in the country as well as some of the top rowing schools. The pair rowed fantastically well and lead the race throughout on a day where high temperatures were also breaking records!

The girls’ hard work and sheer dedication paid off when they crossed the line in first place, beating rivals from Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association and Marlow Rowing Club at the extremely competitive event to take home the British Champions title.

Upper Sixth Pupil Georgie, who is planning to study Psychology at University in September, said, “It’s been a challenging year, with COVID it’s been really difficult putting in the necessary training. It was our last race together as a pair, but all the hard work and training was really worth it and finally paid off.”

Lower Sixth Pupil Alice, who also won silver in the World Indoor Rowing Championship earlier this year added, “We couldn’t have done it without Mr Bird. This win is for the three of us. Mr Bird put in endless time to help us improve our form and was instrumental in getting us to this competition.”

King's Worcester Rowing British Champions

Mr Bird commented, “I’m so immensely proud of the girls. They controlled the race from start to finish. They not only had a strong start but continued to follow this through the race right to their strong finish at the end. This win is the product of hundreds of hours of training, both on and off the water, as a squad, a pair and individually over the last years. They are incredibly talented and committed sportswomen who serve to inspire many younger rowers for years to come.”

The win was a very special way to celebrate the end of their time as a rowing pair, with Georgie having now finished her time at King’s. Earlier this year the girls were unfortunately denied their chance to gain a place on the Great Britain Women’s team when Great Britain withdrew their participation in the World Rowing Junior Championship due to COVID.