National Schools' Regatta 2014: three golds for Nottingham RC


Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:05 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:20


Nottingham Rowing Club won three gold medals and one bronze at the prestigious National Schools' Regatta over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The NSR is a three-day event held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, where junior rowers and scullers from rowing schools and clubs compete over the 2,000 m Olympic distance. It is a hard-fought competition that always produces worthy winners. With a big programme of racing to get through, many events whittle the entries down to 12 by running a processional race early in the day.

This year's weather saw sun, flat calm, torrential rain and white horses on the course at various times during the regatta.

Nottingham Rowing Club, which mainly draws its athletes from local comprehensive schools, won three gold medals. Kyra Edwards, an athlete on British Rowing's Start programme and coached by British Rowing's Julie Edwards,  is a pupil from the George Spencer School. Kyra won the Scullery Trophy for J17 Girls' Single Sculls in a field of 26, ahead of Maidenhead and Surbiton Rowing Clubs. Becket School's Anna Thornton, coached by Dez Atkins, and rowing up a year, won the Internationals' Cup for Girls Championship Single Sculls in a field of 16, beating Eton Excelsior and Runcorn. James Mawby, a pupil at Nottingham City Academy and Faisan 'Fizz' Shah of Farnborough School, Clifton, won the Marlow Bowl for Boys J16 Double Sculls in a field of 28 and took the prized scalps of Leander Club and Windsor Boys School. They are coached by Martin Kay and Jo Fitzsimons. Charlotte Brown from Nottingham Girls' High School and Priya Jenkins of Loughborough High School, coached by Martin Kay, won bronze in the Girls J15 Double Sculls where they faced 45 opponents.

Keith Atkinson, President of Nottingham Rowing Club, watched all the medal winning races, and commented: "These performances were outstanding. The Club is very proud of the team that competed at National Schools and is delighted with the medals and trophies. The medallists were using a simple but very effective race plan of 'Get up and stay up'. By 500m. they had cleared the field and could sit and watch their competition and respond to any attacks. Anna was even able to row longer and edge her rate down and still dominate the opposition".

In the final Medal Table Nottingham Rowing Club Juniors came 6th out of over 70 medal winning Clubs and Schools. It was the second club behind Henley Rowing Club, who were the overall winners.


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Anna Thornton with the Internationals' Cup