School rowers in winter triumph
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
QUEEN Elizabeth High School’s rowing squad demonstrated their versatility as they competed in the first Head of the winter season.
Wansbeck Long Distance Sculling event, over a distance of 4K, created a greater challenge as competitors race against the flow of the water, but the school club excelled once again.
The women’s J15 quad of Abigail Thomson, Chloe Smith, Helena Forster, Jenny Holmes and Rosie Box were awarded the fasted coxed quad and the two boys quads representing the J15 and J16 age groups demonstrated much improved performances with J15 coming second and the J16, who had no competition in their age group. coming ninth fastest crew out of 83.
The opening Head gave the coaches the opportunity to try out new crew combinations and one such pairing was Sophie Lynch, who had British Championships experience in the double with a Tyne Rowing Club member, and Hannah Pinkney.
In their first event together, they showed great potential by finishing just 20 seconds behind the very experienced winning crew from Cambois.
Tom Nixon and Jordan Henderson both competed in their single sculls, Jordan claiming first place and Tom with a creditable third.
In a recently created crew, the duo joined forces to compete in the J18 double sculls event and showed tremendous potential for this new combination by being the fastest double of the afternoon event.
Gwyn Howroyd learned to row in France and has just joined QEHS in the Sixth Form.
And she combined with Nicola Charlton to quickly develop a successful rowing relationship by winning the women’s J18 double sculls event and also recording the fastest time for women’s junior doubles overall.
The all conquering J16 girls squad of Harriet Aubrook, Amy Bowman, Milly Dickinson and Lucy Ryan have recently all been moved from their extremely successful quad and four crews into single sculls.
The Wansbeck event was the first time they competed against each other in the J16 singles, but still continued their dominance by taking the first three positions.
They were then joined by their cox Michael Veitch to compete in the women’s J16 coxed four event, again continuing their winning streak by being the fastest crew.
Following the successful Saturday, all the senior rowers returned to their coaching duties on Sunday morning as the new crop of rowers are still trying to master the technical aspects of this sport.
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