Rowers showcase Georgian values at National Schools' Regatta
As the May Bank Holiday weekend came around once more, it was time for our junior rowing community to converge on the Olympic lake at Eton Dorney for the National Schools’ Regatta.
For 2019, St George’s had 12 crews entered across the age groups with 71 students competing. Friday was the turn of the J14s with 3 crews making their debut at the National Regatta. After a gruelling introduction to racing, the J14s all sculled very well and the Boys’ A boat was placed 4th in the B final - a fantastic result in their first year of rowing!
On Saturday, the sun came out, as did the parents and there was tremendous support for our rowers. Everyone raced with conviction in very competitive time trials but unfortunately several crews just missed out by a single place on the cut off for the semi-final races. Nonetheless, the students were very gracious in defeat and showcased their Georgian spirit and solidarity with some fantastic support from the side-lines.
From the boys’ squads, the J15 B Crew made the cut off and raced superbly to land a place in the B final. They had a tremendous race but with 750m they had the misfortune of pulling a boat stopping “crab” which disrupted their rhythm and they eventually finished 6th – but should be very proud of their efforts.
The boys’ first VIII had a few tremendously close races, again with a superb semi-final clash. In the final they finished a credible 5th in their category.
From the girls’ squad it was the J18 Championship double scull of Avril and Zara who had the best of it on the Saturday. They strode out in the time trial to take top spot. At the semi-final stage, needing to finish in the top 3, the girls did just that and saved their legs for the final, this did nothing for the nerves of the Boat Club spectators though! The final was equally exciting with the double moving through the field from 5th at the 500m marker to 4th at the 1500m marker. They increased their pace dramatically in the final quarter, surprising the opposition and securing the bronze medal only 0.65 seconds behind the silver medallists. A brilliant result for a crew with a J16 on board.
Finally, on the Sunday the girls were out again in a J16 double of Avril and Lila where they once again tested the nerves of the supporting spectators with a wonderfully executed race plan that saw them overhaul juniors from both Maidenhead and Kingston to land the silver medal a few seconds behind Headington School.
Well done to all crews and coaches for a fantastic effort in both training preparation and racing. The community spirit and team ethic within the St George's Boat Club continues to thrive and the future of rowing at St George's looks very strong indeed.
7 June 2019