RGS Boat Club Shines with a Multitude of Medals at Indoor Competition
The RGS Worcester Boat Club showcased their prowess last Saturday at the King’s Indoor Rowing Competition, leaving with an impressive tally of medals.
Out of the 16 events entered by RGS Worcester, a remarkable 15 medal finishes were secured, a testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire Boat Club.
The day commenced with a thrilling start with the Year Eight Girls’ three-minute race, as Xanthe Carrington-Abraham triumphed with a distance of 749m, setting the tone for the remarkable achievements that followed.
Oliver Maggs delivered a standout performance in the Year Ten Boys’ five-minute race, clinching 4th place, while Noah Chilton secured a top 10 finish.
The Year Nine Boys made their competitive debut in the 500m individual races and a team relay. Achieving numerous personal bests in the individual races, the relay team of Archie Davey, Peter Jackson, Henry Jarvis, and Ellie Simpson secured a bronze medal.
Not to be outdone, the Year Nine Girls, also competing for the first time, participated in the individual 500m races. The relay team of Emilia Buck, Grace Challinor, Evie Powell, and Emily Pipe secured a silver medal.
The Year Ten Boys continued the success in the individual 500m races, with Elwyn Pudge securing a bronze medal. The relay team of Zac Johnson, Noah Chilton, Sihan Fu, and Cooper Collins fought through a nail-biting finish, overcoming a close competition to claim another bronze medal.
The dedication of the Year Seven and Year Eight indoor rowers, who honed their skills during lunchtime clubs, culminated in a triumphant performance at the event. Racing in five relay teams, all of the teams secured medals with the Year Eight Girls standing out with an especially impressive display.
As the excitement from the Lower School racing settled, attention turned to the Senior rowers. Zac Jew opened the session with a personal best and a remarkable 12th place finish in the Sixth Form Boys 2000m event. Olivia Hodgson dominated the Sixth Form Girls 2000m event, securing victory by around 30 seconds, and achieving a personal best last set in December at the British Rowing Indoor Championships.
In a fiercely contested field, Dan Foster emerged victorious in the Sixth Form 500m individual race with a time of 1 minute 26 seconds. A special mention goes to Henry Welsby, who participated in his first event with admirable determination.
The day concluded with the Sixth Form Girls 500m event, where RGS was represented by Charlotte Lamb and Edith Wise. Edith, attending her first event, joined Charlotte in an impressive display. Charlotte took an early lead, securing the gold medal in a field predominantly composed of Worcester Rowing Club members.
The event served as a unifying experience for the entire RGS Worcester Boat Club, from Year Seven through to the Sixth Form. The camaraderie and support displayed among the rowers were truly inspiring.
Achievements were as follows:
Year Eight Girls 3 minutes Xanthe Carrington Abraham Gold
Year Ten Boys 500m Elwyn Pudge Bronze
Year Nine Boys Relay Jarvis, Davey, Jackson, Simpson Bronze
Year Nine Girls Relay Pipe, Powell, Buck, Challinor Silver
Year Ten Boys Relay Fu, Collins, Chilton, Johnson Bronze
Sixth Form Girls 2000m Olivia Hodgson Gold
Sixth Form Boys 500m Daniel Foster Gold
Sixth Form Girls 500m Charlotte Lamb Gold
Year Seven Relay Boys Gold, Silver, Bronze
Year Seven Relay Girls Relay Gold
Year Seven Relay Mixed Gold
Year Eight Relay Girls Gold
Year Eight Relay Mixed Gold
Mr Tim Messent, Head of Rowing