Young indoor rowers impress in Bournemouth

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Schools from across Bournemouth battled it out on indoor rowing machines on Monday (28th January), taking part in a competition hosted and organised by Harewood College in association with British Rowing.

The Bournemouth qualifier for the 2013 Dorset School Games attracted 27 teams from nine schools, and was one of six regional heats being held across the county.

Teams from Avonbourne College; The Bishop of Winchester; Bournemouth Collegiate School; Bournemouth School for Boys; Glenmoor; Harewood College; St Peters; Talbot Heath and Winton Arts & Media College raced a 2,000m relay, with their sights firmly set on reaching the County School Finals on Friday March 22, to be held at Oakmead College.

The main event was supported by a number of individual indoor rowing challenges – designed to ensure that all the participants were kept busy throughout the day. These were managed by young leaders from Harewood College, and challenges included rowing as far as possible in one minute or 10 strokes, indoor rowing golf and plank core stability.

The hosts, Harewood College, were clear winners in all three boys’ races – showing the sort of devastating form that has taken them to 27 national titles as well as smashing several British records and a world record in the last five years.

Talbot Heath achieved a clean sweep of their own in the girl’s races, and will join Harewood College in the County finals.

Executive Headteacher of Harewood College, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “It was a privilege to organise and hold such an exciting sporting event at our school.

“Everyone who took part did themselves proud and I wish all the winners luck in the county finals.”

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