British Rowing Indoor Championships Dec 2016
Saturday 10th December
The British Rowing Indoor Championships is an event for all ages and abilities and were held this year at The Lee Valley VeloPark, the site of much cycling success at the London 2012 Olympics.
The championships attracted over 1900 entries with events from Olympic distance (2000m), sprint distance (500m) and junior races over set times. For the first time this year the school entered two boys from Year 8, George Patten and Edward Baker, to compete in the 500m sprint and 3 minute timed events. Their performances in previous competitions and training suggested that they would be competitive in each event. Leading up to the championships both boys were setting personal bests in training and it was hoped that top ten finishes could be secured, with a possibility of a podium finish.
The first event in the morning session was the 500m sprint and the performances of both rowers on the day were outstanding. George set the quickest split times at 250m and 500m to win in a time of 1m 37.2s, over four seconds clear of second place. Edward started a little more slowly but came home at the same pace as George, to finish in third with a time of 1 min 42.4s, only 0.8 seconds away from the runner-up. To get a gold and bronze medal was a magnificent result.
In the afternoon session the boys had to row for 3 minutes to set their best distance. The target all season was a minimum of 800m to be competitive, and both boys had consistently achieved this in training.
Could the double be achieved by George and Edward by getting on the podium again?
All rowers competed at the same time with a large screen showing relative positions during the race. George set off the quickest with a split distance at one minute of 312m, with Edward back in sixth with 281m. The middle minute is used to maintain form and pace with George setting 283m to hold onto first place. Edward picked up positions to be equal fourth with a split of 269m. The final minute is all about giving everything and George came home with a split of 278m, in equal second, while Edward set the fastest final split distance with 286m. The overall result put George in gold medal position with a total distance of 872m to win by 33m and Edward in bronze with 835m (only four metres behind silver).
To win two gold and two bronze medals at the British Championships is an amazing achievement and congratulations should go to both boys on their dedication, effort and ability to put into practice coaching points to improve their performance. Also, a big thank you to the parents of George and Edward, who provided transport and supported on the day. I hope the early start was worth it and the day was not too stressful watching your boys do themselves and the school proud.
Mr R. White