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Boat Club update – April 2021 - Apr 30, 2021

Since returning to in school training activities, over 110 boys have re-signed back up for rowing, from all ages, and for all abilities.

The logistics are always challenging at the Boat Club, but it has been good to see lots of boys re-engage with the training on the water, following another sustained period of online, and home based training programmes.

 

Ensuring all abilities have their opportunity remains really important, but with a number of boys performing to a very high level, including international standard, ensuring they are completing the training they need to do to perform remains very important. It is always a balance though. Equal opportunity to be involved in the sport does not always mean they will be doing the same thing – stay focused on what you should be doing, and the programme you are on.

 

After several weeks back we were able to hold an internal private event at Dorney Lake, which saw 75 boys from J14-18 racing at the annual Boat Club Championships. A much smaller, Covid compliant event was held on mill pond flat conditions, thankfully, and all the boys had a good experience.

It was particularly good to see J14 (year 9s) involved too after a most challenging start to their rowing career. They raced in the octuple (8 person boat) while the more senior rowers competed in the single. Some excellent racing saw eventually an awesome 5 boat ‘A’ final with Marcus Chute narrowly beating Max Bird to the Club Champion title.

Year 10 winner – Jimmy Harlow
Year 11 Winner –  Felix Cook

 

Easter Camp

Over the Easter camp the boat club was spread between the new training site at Oakley Green, the traditional Stovell Boathouse next to Leisure centre, and the gym, to ensure group sizes were small and Covid protocols met. Normally the Boat Club goes to Breiesach, Germany on training camp but clearly this was not possible this year, so mitigating the loss of the camp was really important. Training though was excellent in our home camp, and with catering provided by the excellent Charlotte from the school kitchens, the boys were well fed, and completed a lot of very high quality training across the 13 days. A big thank you to parents who were involved in delivering the food to the training camp each day too!

 

Charlie Warren Breaks the British Record on the Ski Ergo!

Charlie Warren has done a lot of his training through the winter on a ski ergo indoor machine, due to an ongoing knee issue. Not an easy machine, he was challenged in new ways for sure. It was great to see him benefit greatly from this both in terms of his upper body strength, mental discipline, and in the process of completing a 2000m test on the machine, break the Junior British Record, achieving a time of 6 minutes and 54.6 seconds! Congratulations to him!!

 

The Summer term

As the summer term progresses, and we see Covid restrictions easing I hope to report on some racing – the boys have more then earned some racing after more then a year of internal training! The last time they raced externally was 1st February 2020! That’s a lot of training for no proper racing! The Nationals are scheduled to be on at the end of May, behind closed doors, and then all going well more regattas will be able to run! Lets hope so!!

 

Mark Wilkinson | Director of Rowing
The Windsor Boys’ School | 1 Maidenhead Road | Windsor | Berkshire | SL4 5EH
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