Rowing Success At The Junior Inter-Regional Regatta
Five RGS Worcester rowers represented the West Midlands at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta which was held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham last Saturday 21 April. Their efforts contributed to an overall third place for the West Midlands – the highest placing for the region for a number of years.
The JIRR is one of the major national events of the rowing calendar. Nearly 1,000 J14-16 rowers take part, from the 12 regions of England and Wales. There are 24 events ranging from J14 single to J16 eights, raced multilane over 1.5k at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. West Midlands fielded 84 rowers from 12 different clubs and schools, who had been through a selection process over the winter to gain their West Midlands vests.
Year Eleven pupils, Jack Beasley, Ben Walker, Edward Smith, Adam Smith and George Garrity (cox) raced in the J16 coxed four. It was the boys’ first experience of this level of racing and despite their first-time nerves they put in a good time and just missed out on a place in the A Final. With points at stake for the region they were told to go and win the B final to get the maximum six points. The B final was very exciting with RGS and a crew from Cantabrigians (Eastern Region) racing neck-and-neck the whole way. The RGS boys really upped their game from the heat, knocking five seconds off their earlier time. The RGS crew eased ahead in the final 250 with a magnificent sprint finish which put them over the line first for a 7th place overall. The boys were very sporting in their win and congratulated Cantabs on a tough race.
Head of Rowing, Mrs Jane Sullivan, who is also the West Midlands Team Manager for JIRR, said: “I was very pleased with the way the RGS Worcester crew rose to the challenge of their Final. Going into the race they were the slower boat based on heat times but the side-by-side racing gave them that extra push to up their game and come through to win their Final. It was exciting to watch!”