Over the long weekend in May our rowers travelled to Dorney Lake to compete in the annual National Schools’ Regatta. The event sees the finest rowers representing clubs and schools from all over Britain. King’s students competed across the three days and rowed exceptionally well against incredibly strong competition at this gruelling championship event. Crews rowed against the clock in order to secure a place in the finals, separated only by fractions of a second. It was our girls who shone in the intense heat of the blazing sun and battles taking place on the water.
The Upper Remove (Year 10) Girls’ Quad Scull of Georgie Thorp, Beatrice Beaver, Bethan Fox, Anna Fryers and Molly Smith excelled, reaching their final and ranked fourteenth overall in the country. The Championship Girls’ Quad Scull of Sophie Lee, Emily Timm, Bea Evans and Alice Evans also progressed to the finals and are ranked twentieth in the country.
Our Upper Remove Boys narrowly missed out on progressing by just one second. Determined not the leave the event empty handed they entered the inaugural indoor event running alongside the water based championships. The relay team of Thomas Holland, Tom Angell, Alex Checkley, Archie Stephan and Ollie Flanagan set a blistering pace over the two thousand metre race to secure a coveted silver medal.