News - Westwood College success at National Schools’ Regatta 2014.

Five Westwood College students, who are also members of North Staffs Rowing Club, travelled to the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont on Friday, 23rd May to compete in the National Schools’ Regatta 2014.

 

This is the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain, held annually in May, and offers events for junior rowers between the ages of 14 and 18. The regatta was first raced in 1947, and has since grown to what is a world-class event attracting over 4,000 competitors from clubs and schools from across the United Kingdom.

 

Leek Post and Times photograph

Leek Post and Times photograph

Elisabeth de Gale, Liv Tomkinson, Liv Cumisky and Jade Hall, coxed by Nathan Treacy, took part in the first event of the day, The Hunter Cup, for Junior under 14 Girls’ Coxed Quad Sculls. This is a 1000 metre race and there were 28 crews from the whole country competing in the event. The 18 teams with the fastest times would qualify for the three semi-final heats.

Once this first hurdle was successfully crossed, the North Staffordshire team readied themselves for the first semi-final.

 

In spite of a very clean performance from the start, they lost out by just two metres to the crew from Putney High School, covering the 1000 metres in a respectable time of 4:01.72, putting them in seventh place of the event.

Leek Post and Times photograph

Leek Post and Times photograph

 

This is the first time the Club have participated in this national event and the team should feel very proud of their achievement. This has been an excellent springboard and, with more training, they anticipate good results in the upcoming regattas.

 

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