Northumberland School Games Indoor Rowing Results
The Northumberland School Games started with a splash last week with the first event - the county rowing championships - taking place at Cambois Rowing Club next to the River Wansbeck.
The indoor rowing event saw over 100 students from fourteen schools around the county turn up to battle it out on the indoor Ergo rowing machines.
Pupils aged between 12 - 18 years took part. The classes were split with the younger competitors racing against the clock and the older competitors racing over distances of up to 2kms.
There was lots of friendly competition between the schools with some very fast times and close results, but the standout performances on the day came from Harry Anderson and Christian Chomse from Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham. The young Bede Academy rowers in Blyth also excelled while two boys from the Dr Thomlinsons Middle School in Rothbury qualified for the regional final.
The top four boys and girls rowers from each age group now qualify for the regional competition at Durham University in March.
Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“ There has been an increasing interest and participation in rowing in the county which can in part be attributed to the higher profile of the sport following the fantastic success of the British rowing teams at the Rio Olympics.
“ It is really encouraging to see so many pupils engaging with the sport and to hear so many success stories from young people around the county who are rowing either with their school or their local rowing club.”
The competition was organised and run by the event manager Franki Clark from Active Northumberland with support from British Rowing and members of the Cambois Rowing Club.
Boys PE Teacher Ben Ord from Chantry Middle School in Morpeth said:
“The stiff competition, excellent organisation and great facilities make this event one of the highlights in our winter schools rowing calendar.”
The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people.
In Northumberland the School Games is managed by Northumberland Sport and over 16,000 young people take part in the programme each year.