King's Worcester

3 May

KSW Boat Club off to an Oar-Some start!

In recent weeks the Boat Club has been exceptionally busy with regattas across the country and the 10-year anniversary of the Michael Baker Boat House, along with GB rowing trials for members of the Club.

On Saturday 23rd April, six of our Fifth Form girls represented King’s and the West Midlands at the annual junior Inter-Regional Regatta, held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The conditions were extremely challenging on the lake, resembling the North Sea; strong winds and gusts had whipped the waters up to a frenzy. Our girls handled the conditions extremely well and demonstrated the progress they had made at the recent Easter training camp. The Four came ninth overall and the Pair tenth amongst the finest in the country.

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The previous Sunday Luke B and Alice B undertook another round of the Great Britain Rowing Team Under 19 Trials, also at Nottingham. The wind had not relented and the event was amended to utilise the least rough section of the lake. Luke performed extremely well, after the disappointment of the February trials being cancelled, and demonstrated his standing amongst the top dozen junior scullers in the country. Alice continues to impress the selectors in sweep rowing, coming in the top ten with her pairs partner from King’s Chester.  The process continues over the coming months.

Last Thursday, April 28th, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our award-winning Michael Baker Boat House.

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As one of Worcester’s most iconic buildings, it has played host to hundreds of passionate rowers, numerous fundraising events and many special occasions for the King’s Community.

The Boat House was built in 2012 following a large donation by former pupil Michael Baker (Ch 48-55), who developed a love of rowing during his time at King’s.

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Last weekend our rowers raced at Dorney Lake on Saturday and Sunday. It was a great day out for our Upper Sixth rowers at Wallingford; some brilliant racing resulted in our Girls’ Coxed Four claiming bronze in their final and the Boys’ Quad coming second in their heat, just 0.8 seconds from a place in the final.

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KSW Boat Club Results from the time trials on Sunday:

Senior Boys’ Quad – 5th and 14th / 23

Fifth Form Boys’ Quad – 13th / 16

Upper Remove Boys’ Quad – 21st and 25th / 32

Upper Remove Girls’ Quad – 21st / 39

Senior Girls’ Double – 8th / 18

Senior Girls’ Single – 4th / 8

It was a great effort from all of King’s Crews, with King’s progressing into five finals in the afternoon.

Dorney Lake

Congratulations to our Senior Boys’ Quads, with very close racing to the line, coming fifth in the A final and third in the C final. The Upper Remove girls had a convincing win in the D final of the Coxed Girls’ Quad Scull. It was a tough race and a brilliant win in the B final for our Senior Girls’ Double Scull. Well done to Alice B, who was fifth in her A final of the Senior Girls’ Single Scull, in King’s’ final race for the day.

Alice B Dorney Lake

We wish the Boat Club the best of luck as they compete in the Shrewsbury Regatta this weekend.