Maple’s amazing medal haul at the British Rowing Indoor Championships
The Olympic Velodrome in London hosted the British Rowing Indoor Championships on Saturday 7th December. King’s were amongst the record number of entrants, making it the largest indoor rowing competition in the world. All our rowers performed extremely well, but exceptional performances came from Maple U (UR), claiming three medals during the day. Maple’s first race had a nail-biting finish as she rapidly closed on the winner in the closing stages, albeit falling just nine metres short of victory. Not satisfied with the Silver medal over five minutes of battle, she took on the same girl in the 500-metre sprint. Maple exploded off the start and held off all the opposition to take the Gold medal and title of British Champion. Maple then joined Alex C (L6), Beatrice B (L6) and Henry E (U6) in the Under 18 mixed relay team, where an exciting race saw them vying for the Silver medal against another King’s crew of Georgie T (L6), Luke B (FF), Thomas H (L6) and Alice B (FF), with the lead between the two swapping every 20-30 seconds over the eight minute race. Maple’s crew took the Silver by just four metres, with the others claiming the Bronze medal. In a brilliant display of teamwork, our other two crews took fifth and seventh places in the event.
Wycliffe Small Boats Head
Saturday 7th December saw the Boat Club racing at Wycliffe Small Boats Head on the Gloucester Sharpness Canal near Gloucester. This is the first of two very popular and competitive events held at Wycliffe, taking place over a 2500m stretch of the canal. With King’s racing over all three divisions, we had some excellent racing and were rewarded with medals for six of our crews.
Of particular note were the Gold medal wins for Izzy T and Felicity Q (FF) in the double sculls and Amy Y-B, Jess C, Caitlyn H-J and Faith M (6F) in the quadruple sculls. Both crews rowed exceptionally well against some excellent competition.
The rowers will be undertaking their Charity Row – rowing one million metres for Cardiac Risk in the Young and Malvern Special Families, happening whilst people read this very newsletter. Everyone can support the effort and the two charities through the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KSWBC and follow the action on Twitter: @KSWBoatClub