Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club attended the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in London on Friday, where all of the club’s junior rowers performed exceptionally well to earn some fantastic placings and even a national title.
The club’s first event of the day was the Year 12 boys. Joe Robertson and Jamie Gamble took their early morning slot on the dreaded rowing machines. Both rowing out of their skins, Joe finished third and Jamie fourth in their heat. They would both eventually finish in the top 10, Joe earning 7th and Jamie 10th.
Shortly afterwards it was the turn of Daisy Faithfull. Having earned a bronze medal last year, Daisy was hoping to top that result in this year’s event. She didn’t disappoint, winning her heat in style and taking gold to be crown National Junior Indoor Rowing Champion for 2017.
Next in to the pens were Sophie Atkin and Emily Faithfull, rowing in the Year 10 girls event. Spurred on by the club’s already fantastic early results, the girls finished 1st and 3rd in their heat with amazing rows. Emily would eventually finish 13th, with Sophie not far behind in 22nd.
Then came the turn of Rachael Debenham in the Year 8 girls event. Pushing herself to the limit Rachael finished on the podium in her heat and went on to earn and unbelievable 11th out of 252.
In the Year 8 boys event, Sam Evans Murray, Owen Dennes, Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix faced 3 minutes on the ergs. All rowing incredibly well, Sam finished 43rd, Riley 50th, Ethan 55th and Owen 122nd in an event of 248.
The results showed the strength of the club’s juniors as they raced against some of the countries best young rowers.
SSRC squad outside Lea Valley Centre, London
Daisy Faithfull alongside three time Olympic Gold medalist Andrew Triggs Hodge