Round up of London Youth Rowing news

The last few weeks have been busy for London Youth Rowing who held several popular events across the London boroughs.

Tower Hamlets

Here the competition was hosted by Oaklands school on the 28th January. 2009 saw a record turnout with eight schools from the borough taking part, each with two teams.

Most schools brought a full complement of children from Year 7 to Year 11. All the races were hotly contested with most of them decided by a matter of milliseconds. The final relay really got the crowd going and Swanlea took the title in a close finish.

Team Results:

1. Stepney Green B
2. Swanlea A
3. Oaklands A
4. George greens
5. Oaklands B
6. Stepney green A
7. St. Pauls Way
8. Central Foundation A
9. Central foundation B
10. Swanlea B
11. Sir John Cass
12. Langdon Park

The top three teams are all part of RoEL! and have benefited from the 5 brand new, state of the art rowing machines that have been brought to them by London Youth Rowing.  If you are a school or club in East London and are interested in getting 5 new indoor machines please email Jack at jrobinson@londonyouthrowing.com

 

Greenwich

Racing to the sounds of dance and garage, Eltham Green seemed alive with enthusiasm and competition last Thursday, as the young people of Greenwich strove to be the best in the region!  As the current reigning champs of East London, there is a lot to live up to in this borough, and it was clear that they are not ready to settle for second place.

One school in particular went as far as wearing their lycra racing gear for the event!  Well done Crown Woods. Some huge scores and pupils really wowed us on the day and it is without a doubt going to be a very close call on the day at the East London Champs! Many thanks again to all involved, in particular Nina Tirney manager for Greenwich.

 

Bexley

After a fantastic display of trial and error with the impressive and Hi-Tech race and sound kit, the event kicked off in a positive and competitive style.

The sports centre came to life with sweat and screams from all those competing, particularly those year 11’s rowing 6 minute races! All schools made a fantastic effort on the day and the staff were equally as enthusiastic, with a big effort from Stephanie Monaghan of St Catherine’s. As a result, Bexley will now be putting a very strong team together for the up and coming East London Champs on the 6th of February.

Many thanks to all those involved, in particular Leanne Atkins, competition manger for Bexley, and Stephanie Ware, for volunteering her time!

 

Redbridge  

This year’s borough championship saw a great turnout with 12 schools bringing teams to the event. The competition was held at King Solomon School on Wednesday 14th January 2009.

It was an exciting event, all the more important because not only will the competition be used to select teams for the East London Championships in February, but it is also a preliminary selection event for teams to represent Redbridge at this year’s London Youth Games in July.

With so many teams attending, the standard was high and the competition was fierce with many races being closely contested right up to the finish line.  At the close of play the trophy and shield for the overall winners went to Beal High School.  The fastest team from each school sports partnership will now be invited to compete at the East London Championships.  Good luck to all on the 6th February!

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