Gold & silver for Nottingham rowers at National Schools' Regatta places them ahead of Eton College again!


Saturday, 01 June 2013 12:05 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Saturday, 01 June 2013 18:55


The National Schools' Regatta, held each May at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, is the largest meeting of junior rowers in the country. Youngsters, with family and supporters, flock to the regatta where all major rowing public schools and rowing clubs do battle.

Day one was a disaster as wind and rain caused the Race Committee to call off the event on safety grounds. The course was engulfed with boat-sinking waves.

On day two Nottingham Rowing Club, which provides rowing for local  school pupils, entered youngsters in events for older competitors. Kyra Edwards, racing up a year group, progressed well through to the girls under 17 single sculls final and put in a solid performance to win a silver medal in the final having held off a strong charge from third place in the last 100m. Kyra, from George Spencer School, is part of GB Rowing’s Start programme and is coached by Nottingham Start coach, Julie Edwards. Unfortunately, due to illness, Anna Thornton from Fernwood School, was forced to pull out in her semi final in the same event. Credit also goes to Olivia and Harvey Kay who, racing two and one year above their age respectively, both narrowly missed qualifying for the final in these single scull events.

On the final day with clear skies, very little wind and temperatures up to 20 C all Nottingham crews made it to the finals. In the girls J16 sculls, despite an early lead by a York Rowing Club sculler, the race finished with a tussle between the two Nottingham Rowing Club scullers, Kyra Edwards and  Rushcliffe School’s Olivia Kay. Kyra was leading into the last 500m from Livi Kay (sponsored by Tracsis PLC) and despite a great fight by Livi, Kyra managed to hold on to take the gold medal by 3 seconds and win her first national trophy. In the very next race Rowan Law from West Bridgford School made a great start and was able to control the whole race from the front taking the gold medal three lengths clear of his Grange School opponent. Olivia Duckworth (Trinity School Aspley) and Mollie Zalas (Grantham Girls School) came sixth in the Girls' Championship Coxless pairs. Coaches Claire Parnell and Julie Edwards were both pleased with the club’s junior performances.

The medal table for the National Schools' Regatta, which was headed by Hampton School, shows Nottingham Rowing Club in 5th place overall, ahead of over 100 schools and clubs. For the second year in succession it puts them ahead of Eton College. All credit to athletes, coaches and long suffering parents and supporters for a magnificent achievement from a talented group.

The NSR medal table