Young rowers from Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club took part in the prestigious National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake at the weekend.

Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix, who are both part of the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete Programme, were testing themselves in the higher age group, competing in the J16 Double Sculls. This was a great opportunity for the boys to race against the best in the year above them, from the top clubs and schools from England, Scotland and Wales.

14-year-old Ethan and 15-year-old Riley had a strong row over 1,900m to finish in a time of 6:56, placing them 9th out of 37 crews which qualified them for the semi-finals.

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The crew produced another excellent performance in the semis but just missed out on position in the A final. However, despite 2 gruelling races, the boys acquitted themselves well in their B final to produce a personal  best time of 7:13 over a 2,000m course to finish 4th.

This was the club’s second visit to Dorney in recent weeks as the SSRC took several junior crews to compete in the Ball Cup at the beginning of May.

Kayleigh Batchelor produced a couple of fine performances, taking the silver medal in the J13 girls single before going one better in the J14 event by securing the gold medal.

Rachael Debenham and Yasmin Wright also medalled, taking the silver in the Girls J16 double.

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