On Saturday 8th February, King’s rowers raced in the Head of the Severn, hosted by Worcester University Rowing Club. The Head of the Severn race spanned six kilometres and finished just past the Michael Baker Boathouse, making the racing easy to spectate for parents as well as the rowers being able to use the boathouse to recover in between divisions. The day was a success, seeing King’s rowers win four events. Congratulations go to the crew members of the Senior Girls’ Eight for winning the Women’s Eight Band Two, the Upper Remove Boys for winning the J15 Quads, the Fifth Form Girls for winning the WJ16 Quads and finally the Sixth Form Girls for winning the WJ18 Fours.
For some of our rowers, this was the first race they have participated in, and for others the first they have won. Most notably it was exciting to see the Upper Remove Boys quad (coxed by a senior) of Jack H, Bobby R, Alex D and James S win their first competitive event.
It was a pleasure to see OVs Alice Evans, former Captain of Boats – competing for University College, Oxford – and James Beattie – another previous Captain of Boats, competing for Exeter University, – race where they learnt to row.
There has been a fine tradition of rowing at King’s Worcester since 1877, with the Boat Club able to celebrate four Olympic oarsmen to date; the most recent being Zac Purchase who won Olympic Gold and Silver in the lightweight double sculls. Many other students and OVs have represented the Home Countries and Great Britain at international events, along with extensive and regular regional representation. In recent years our boys and girls have won national championships and medals at many major events.