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31 May 2016

Canford Success at National Schools Regatta

The sun shone the whole weekend as a total of 5,253 rowers from 153 clubs and schools took part in the National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake over the three days from Friday to Sunday.  Canford had 12 crews competing made up from a total of 58 pupils.  Overall, the weekend was hugely successful for all of our rowers, both in terms of the races they won and the experience they gained at this National event, however special mention must go to our Senior Girls coxed Four and our J14B Girls coxed Quad.  Both of these crews made it through to the A finals and brought home a bronze medal each.  

The full race report and results are as follows:

Friday 27th May
The day started with disappointment for our J14A and J15 Girls coxed Quads who didn’t quite get through the qualifying time-trial in their races, where the competition was extremely strong.

The J14 Boys coxed Quad faired better and finished 17th out of 32 in their time-trial, enabling them to progress to the C final (the repechage) where they came a creditable 4th, placing them 16th overall in the event.

The second J14 Girls Quad, pictured right, jumped straight into a semi-final, which they won gloriously by 5 seconds.  In the finals, a fierce battle for the middle 5 places  saw the Canford crew edge themselves over the finishing line in 3rd place and a bronze medal, a second behind Bedford Girls who took silver, who in turn were a full 15 seconds behind Henley Rowing club who took gold. What a gritty performance from a novice crew who truly deserved their celebratory ice cream!

Saturday 28th May
There were many parents gathered at 8am to watch two Canford crews time-trial in the Boy’s J15 4+ event, comprising 26 competing crews. One of the Canford crews progressed to the C final in which they came 1st and the other progressed to the D final in which they came 5th. Gutsy rowing from all and a great experience. 

The Girls J15 8+ came to the event with memories of their gritty 5th place in the Nat Schools J14 final last year and their performance this time took them into the semi-finals where they raced 

smoothly to a finishing position of 14th overall, giving them a place in the B final and out of medal contention. They nevertheless tackled their third race with commitment and improved their position by coming 5th, overall 12th in the event. 

Meanwhile the Senior Girl’s coxed Four, pictured right, had stormed their time-trial and logged 4th place in a field of 26 crews, ensuring progression to the first semi-final, in which they came 2nd. The Canford girls had rowed faster than all of the crews in the second semi, taking them into the A final as the second fastest boat.  As the race began, there was a deafening noise and the banks of the lake were impressively full all the way down with supporters shouting out the names of any one of the seven crews in this prestigious final.  As expected, Emmanuel won easily, 7 seconds ahead of Godolphin + Latymer who just edged Canford into the bronze medal position.  Miss Birch had coached and prepped the Four to perfection and is rightly proud of their result.  The cox Alec Hine deserves a special mention for holding his nerve and showing great motivational skills after only joining the crew the week before.

Sunday 29th May
Another early blue-sky start that sadly brought disappointment for the first Canford crew: the Girls J16 coxed four. Their time trial didn’t go as planned and they finished 17th out of the field of 17, not a representative result for their hard work and commitment.

The Boy’s J16 4+ followed quickly after and their time placed them 17th in the field of 23 which was a huge disappointment, albeit allowing them to progress to the C final in which they came 5th. 

The Senior Boy’s 4+ came 24th in their time trial, putting them into the D final in which they came 5th. 

The big excitement of the day though was Canford’s Senior Boy’s coxless pair of Angus Robson and Sam Radvan who stormed their time trial and came 7th out of their field of 16, held form by coming 7th in the semi-final, which gave them a coveted place in the A final at 5.33pm. This was a truly impressive achievement: rowing in coxless pairs is renowned for being a tough and difficult event. In their final, they improved their position further and took 6th place – impressive racing, an extraordinary level of fitness and stamina and a result and a day they will both remember.

Our thanks goes to everyone who supported our rowers over the weekend, and to our Boat Club and the Friends of Canford Rowing for helping to get our pupils to this national event.



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