ROWING: Grantham rowers win gold and silver medals at national indoor competition

Rowena Price and Luke Wren
Rowena Price and Luke Wren
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A SMALL group from the youth division of Newark Rowing Club attended the English Indoor Rowing Championship held at the Manchester National Velodrome on Sunday, and came away with two national medals between them.

In a close race with a nail-biting finish, KGGS pupil Rowena Price came away victorious with the gold medal in a time of 8min 3.9sec, with just half a second separating herself and the silver medallist over the 2km race.

Luke Wren, who attends the King’s School, gained silver in the male J16 race with a 2km race time of 6:47.7 seconds, six seconds ahead of the bronze medallist.

Luke has recently been awarded a place, along with fellow Grantham rower George Mitchell, on the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP).

Gabrielle Price, Rowena’s younger sister and a KGGS pupil too, was also rowing. Competing in the WJ12 class and in a very strongly fought and fast race, Gabrielle was just pipped into fifth place at the finish line, but showed plenty of potential for the future.

The next major indoor race for the Grantham crew will be the biggest event of the year – the National Junior Indoor Rowing Competition in London on March 23.

Pictured are English Indoor Rowing women’s J16 gold medallist Rowena Price and men’s J16 silver medallist Luke Wren.