Indoor Rowing Championships in Western Schools
Plymstock School in Plymouth, and Newquay Tretherras School in Cornwall, last week played host to two of the West Region’s largest schools Indoor Rowing events of the year.
January 28th, saw the annual Plymouth Schools Championships take place, with a record entry of 156 pupils from 14 schools and colleges from across the city, including a number of competitors from special schools and pupil referral units. With both School Sports Partnerships in the city now running successful indoor rowing programmes, participation in this event is continuing to grow year on year. Last years regional schools champions, Ridgeway, again showed they are force to be reckoned with, by taking three of the individual titles and the overall title.
The following day, January 29th, saw the second annual Cornwall Schools Championships. This event has taken off dramatically this year, with 138 pupils from 12 schools taking part, more than double the number of competitors and four times as many schools as last years event. Honours were fairly evenly spread amongst the competing schools, however special mention should go to the four pupils from the Five Islands School, based on the Isles of Scilly, who travelled the mainland for the event, and took home a first and two third places for their efforts.
This week sees first ever Somerset Schools Championships, hosted by the Tone SSP on February 5th. Following this attention will turn to the Regional Schools Championships, held in Plymouth on March 4th, which will see competitors from all over Devon, Cornwall and Somerset coming together to battle it out for the overall regional schools title. This event will lead into the National Schools Championships in London on March 17th, which a number of schools from the region are attending.
ARA Team Leader – Western Region