Rowing Sport


Shanklin's Kayleigh Batchelor

Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club were in top winning form again last Saturday, travelling to Surrey for Burway Small Boats Head.

The club claimed 3 wins and 4 runner up spots in a packed day of racing across 3 divisions – this represented the club’s most successful inland event to date.

Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix, part of the Isle of Wight Talented Athletes programme, recorded another convincing win in the double scull with a winning margin of 1 minute. This also placed them 21st overall out of 375 crews, a remarkable achievement from this young crew. Ethan Walters also won the single sculls event setting a blistering pace, with Riley finishing a close second.

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13-year-old Kayleigh Batchelor impressed many in the J14 single sculls event. It was her first head race in a single which she won in fine style. She also took runners up spot in the double with Scarlett Phelan.

Emily Faithfull also enjoyed an excellent scull in the J17 single for the first time this season, securing the club a third runners up position. The same could be said for Yasmin Wright and Lottie Tapsell who finished just ahead of club mates Mia Phelan and Rachael Debenham in the WJ6 2x.

Single sculling debutants Owen Denness and Lottie Tapsell finished a creditable fifth and sixth respectively, whilst Sophie Atkin in only her second race in J17 1x showed improving speed and form to secure fifth place.

This weekend will see several members tackle the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the Lee Valley Velodrome at the Olympic Park.

Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix

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