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Rowers shine at Dorney Lake

Thursday, 09 June 2016

Monkton pupils have delivered their best rowing performance in recent years at the National Schools Regatta held on the weekend of 27th to 29th May 2016, including securing a silver at the youth competitions.

Over forty of the school’s students aged between 13 and 19 competed in the annual event which was held on Dorney Lake, using the London 2012 Olympic course.

The school won silver in the J15 coxed quads final with the team of year 10 boys getting the highest medal position for the school in over six years. A team of Monkton Combe rowers also secured a ‘clear water’ win, coming first in one of the National Sculling regatta events over the weekend.

In total over 153 schools competed at the regatta with Monkton Combe taking on teams from the likes of Eton College, Kings College School Wimbledon and Dulwich College.

All of the school’s rowers put in strong performances against established large rowing schools, with notable individual performances from year 11 student Olivia Caesar, who was racing against qualified GB scullers two years her senior.

The young rowers were put to the test throughout the weekend with all the crews racing numerous times in time trials, semi-final and final races over the 1000 metre course facing tough competition and strong cross winds.

Principal Chris Wheeler said, “This is our best competitive rowing in recent years and the first time in over a decade that a Monkton crew has made it through to a championship final.”

Mr Wheeler added, “It was an outstanding performance against established rowing schools and I am delighted all the teams have competed at such a high level.”

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