Twelve of Charles Read Academy’s most talented rowers were crowned South Kesteven Schools Indoor Rowing champions at The Meres last Wednesday .
Despite facing tough opposition from other secondary schools in South Kesteven, the team from Corby Glen displayed great technique and power, which led to several top three finishes, including three individual gold medals, one relay gold and confirmation as overall winners of the competition.
Liam, a talented Year 10 student put in an impressive performance, posting a remarkable 1,461 metres in five minutes, more than 100 metres further than his closest competitor.
He said: “Rowing is something I really enjoy and discovered I was good at when our school joined the David Ross Education Trust.
“This year I have been to the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in London where I finished 14th in the country, and now I’ve won first place in the South Kesteven Schools competition.”
Other highlights included gold medal finishes for Jordan in the Year 7 race and Mason in the Year 11s. There was a convincing win for the Key Stage 4 boys’ relay team who also won gold.
Scott Webb, sports enrichment officer at Charles Read said: “The effort and commitment the team have shown in the build-up to these events has really paid off. Our rowers have worked really hard and they should be proud of what they have achieved. There is a lot of sporting talent within the academy and winning events like this really shows what our students are capable of achieving.”
Following the victory, Charles Read will be taking part in countywide competitions in the new year.
The Charles Read rowing team included talented students from Year 7 to Year 11 – Jordan, Lauren, Callum, Rachel, Andrew, Sophie, Liam, Dion, Ellie, Mason, Niamh and Sherry.
In the first event of its kind in the area, a total of 90 children from four schools from across the district gathered to compete in the event co-ordinated by Inspire +, Newark Rowing Club and SKDC.
Relays teams with Key Stage 3 students in one team and Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form aged students in another, competed in individual races and team relays.
The Charles Read Academy won the overall prize for the event but the individual and relay honours were shared between participants from the King’s School, KGGS and Priory Ruskin Academy.
SKDC venues and facilities manager Paul Stokes said: “We hope this will be the first of many indoor rowing festivals at The Meres.
“Indoor rowing is a sport that anyone can get involved in, no matter what their sporting ability is. The teams really got into the spirit of the competition.
“We thank Inspire + and Newark Rowing Club for helping co-ordinate a great event.
“Rowing is fantastic for fitness and we hope the youngsters had a great time competing in a new sport that will help them towards more active and healthy lifestyles.”
The students will now have the opportunity to attend a taster session at Newark Rowing Club to try rowing on water.