NEWARK Rowing Club’s J16 (Year 11) sculling quad won a well-deserved silver medal in a closely-fought final race at the British Rowing Championships at Holme Pierrepont. Three of the four members of the quad were from Grantham.
Luke Wren, who rowed at stroke, and Max Bradbury both attend the King’s School, and George Mitchell, who was rowing up a year group, is a pupil at the Priory Ruskin Academy.
The crew won their semi-final race on Friday and looked to be in a strong position to win a medal in the finals the following day, but the times of the four fastest boats from the semi-finals were all quite close.
Newark and Marlow Rowing Club battled out the final after they pulled ahead of the other boats from the start, with the local lads crossing the finish line second.
Luke and George, who were both selected for the Lincolnshire Elite Athletic Programme (LEAP) this year, have had an excellent year’s rowing. George won three national medals on water and Luke won four national medals on water and two national indoor rowing medals.
Other Grantham youths rowing for Newark at this year’s British Championships were Rowena Price, who attends KGGS, and King’s student Ashley Cowley.