It has been a magnificent summer of rowing for OVs. Such was the representation at regattas that we wouldn’t be able to do everyone’s involvement justice if we covered it all in one go! So watch this space for a more detailed update on OVs in rowing.
We would, however, like to take a moment to let you know about two particular successes for James Beattie (Cl 10-17) and Henry Marles (B r 12-17).
We’ve been delighted to hear about OV Henry Marles’ (Br 12-17) impressive rowing prowess over the summer.
At this year’s Henley Royal Regatta, Henry and his University of London Boat Club Men’s coxed four crew won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup against tough competition from the Newcastle University Boat Club.
Shortly thereafter, Henry was selected by British Rowing to represent Great Britain as a member of the Men’s eight at the 2021 U23 European Rowing Championships, held in Kruszwica in Poland on 4 & 5 September (second from left in the below photo). Wanting to ensure a properly nail-biting experience, the final race of the Championships for the Men’s eight saw Henry’s crew face Romania and Germany. The crew kept their focus and crossed the line to win gold – leading by about three quarters of a length!
GB has been part of the U23 European Rowing Championships since it started in 2017 but this year is the first time GB crews have won a gold medal. And thanks to Henry’s crew and the Men’s double scull, GB returned home this year with not just one, but two incredible golds.
The foundation for Henry’s rowing career started here at The King’s School, where he was a member of the Boat Club and Rowing Squad.
Henry added, “It’s been great to have my hard work pay off during a difficult season due to the pandemic. I’m very proud to have learned to row at King’s and would like to pass on my thanks to all of the staff at the boat club.”
OV James Beattie (Cl 10-17) stormed to a win at Henley Royal Regatta with his Thames Rowing Club crew, to take home the 2021 Thames Challenge Cup.
James talks us through: “Our crew from Thames Rowing Club had a favourable draw early on in the regatta, which secured us a place in the semi-finals where we faced a classy crew from Henley Rowing Club who gave us our first real race where we won by 1½ lengths.
“However, the real challenge came from a very strong crew from Molesey Boat Club in the final; we all anticipated this crew would be one of the fastest at the regatta. We had a good start, which gave us a length lead off the start that we were able to maintain down the course with our opponent in our sight. Molesey had a strong sprint through the Stewards enclosure, which we were able to hold off and claim the win by 3/4 of a length, which made for great viewing on the bank.
“It has always been a goal of mine to win at Henley Royal Regatta which has made the challenge of the last 18 months with numerous lockdowns and training in our kitchens all the more worth it.”
Jim Chalmers (Hon OV), Head of Rowing at King’s, added: “Well done Henry and James! It is fantastic to see such great successes, which are testament to their own hard work and dedication to the sport. It always gives me such a great deal of pride to see how our rowers stay involved in the sport beyond King’s and continue the King’s rowing legacy.”