Two RGS Worcester rowers are celebrating after winning Silver medals in the National Junior Sculling Regatta held at Dorney Lake last weekend.
Megan Wright, Lower Sixth, and Phoebe Ellis-Tait, Year Eleven, competed in the WJ17 double against crews from Maidenhead, the American School in London, Fulham Reach and Walton Rowing Clubs.
With the remnants of Storm Hannah causing difficulties on the lake, the organisers were forced to cut the time trial to 1500m. The girls battled with a very strong tailwind and choppy water to produce a time of 6 minutes, six seconds (6:06.0), putting them in second place and six seconds behind the girls from Walton.
The girls were drawn in Lane 4 for the final which was raced from a stake boat start over the full 2k of the 2012 Olympic course. Phoebe and Megan blasted out of the start in first place and retained the lead to the 500m mark. Gradually Walton, the eventual winners, reeled them in and overtook by 1k. RGS were then challenged by Fulham Reach and Maidenhead and it was a testament to the determination of the RGS crew that they kept them at bay right up to the finish line, which they crossed in second place. The girls rowed a time of 8 minutes, 5.7 seconds (8:05.7), and while still six seconds behind the winners, were pleased that they had closed the gap on the Walton girls.
Head of Rowing, Mrs Jane Sullivan, was delighted with the result – the first national medal for RGS girls for a number of years. “We have a very strong rowing programme for girls and boys, and our Head of Girls’ Rowing, Mrs Alison Foister, has worked very hard to ensure that all our girls can achieve in the sport,” said Mrs Sullivan.
“We have had a number of medal successes this season with Silver medals at the West Midlands Championships and we look forward to further success this term.”