Rowing Sport


Rowers from across the Isle of Wight travelled to the iconic Copper Box arena at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships on Friday.

The event consisted of over 2,500 rowers from all around England competing over a distance of 2000m or a set time, depending on their year group.

Newport Rowing Club’s Beth Walpole-Davis competed in the Year 12 girls 2000m event securing a very respectable 25th place overall and setting a personal best of 9:15.3. The club’s Jonjo Findlay was in the Year 12 boys 2000m event racing against stiff competition to take 6th place in his category. He also set a personal best of 6:54.5.

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Ollie Coulson raced in the Year 13 boys 2000m event and only just missed out on a podium position having secured 4th place with a personal best of 6:35.9.

Meanwhile, members of Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club secured 2 podium places and several Top 10 finishes.

Kayleigh Batchelor medalled for the third successive national indoor competition, this time taking silver in the Year 8 girls’ event.

Riley Horrix secured a well deserved bronze in the Year 10 boys, with Ethan Walters taking 7th in the same age category. Both rowers, who are part of the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete programme, set new personal best distances.

Thomas Ashley and Owen Denness had their best performances indoors to date, finishing 14th and 27th respectively. The Year 12 girls saw 2 Top 10 finishes with Emily Faithfull 6th and Sophie Atkin coming home in 9th, again improving on their previous best 2k times.

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The Year 10 girls race saw Rachael Debenham finishing in 9th position, whilst Lottie Tapsell and Yas Wright also put in excellent performances on the day to finish 9th and 19th respectively in the Year 11 girl’s race.

These excellent results bode well for the forthcoming Coastal season, starting this Saturday with the BTC Head of the River race in Southampton.

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