GB rowers support inspirational students at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Eight GB rowers met students at Kensington Aldridge Academy and spoke to them about the positive benefits of rowing


GB rowers visit the Kensington Aldridge Academy

Eight GB rowers spent the afternoon with students from Kensington Aldridge Academy to talk about the positive benefits of rowing before teaching them the basic technique and challenging them to a fast and furious relay race.

Kat Copeland, Ollie Wynne-Griffiths, Gemma Hall, Jess Leyden, Georgia Francis, Jacob Dawson, Fiona Gammond and Emily Carmichael were on hand to provide the students with some top tips on how to go fast on the indoor rowing machine as well as being their chief supporters during the relay, where seven kids had to row for 30 seconds each against another team of classmates.


The afternoon of rowing was organised by Fulham Reach Boat Club, a community rowing club that is working to get more young people involved in rowing.

Fulham Reach work with a Year 9 group from Kensington Aldridge Academy teaching them the basic technique on the indoor rowing machine, before the group will make the transition to rowing on the water in January.

Kat Copeland, Olympic champion from London 2012, after spending the afternoon at Kensington Aldridge Academy said: “We had such a good afternoon at school working with the kids. It was great to see them, especially at the end in the relay, working together and loving it, shouting for each other and just having a really good time. It’s really nice to see kids getting involved in rowing.”

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