Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: J14s v King's School, Chester

Monday 7 December 2015

Despite Storm Desmond, the RSSBC J14 squad headed north on Saturday 5th December to take on King’s School Chester Rowing Club. Even though the river was out of action, there was no stopping the race between RSSBC and KSRC which instead took place on rowing machines.

The Shrewsbury squad was made up of 19 boys and 11 girls, all Third Formers representing every House from Shrewsbury School. This provided a strong team for the J14s with a vast range of abilities. (These team bonds may be tested come the Hope Simpson Ergo Challenge on Monday 7th December, however, when all Houses will be competing against one another.)

King’s Chester had a larger squad in terms of numbers, yet RSSBC held their own through grit and determination to maintain their quality of rowing. In doing so, both the girls and the boys of Shrewsbury School beat their opponents in their respective categories by rowing the furthest in their races – the RSSBC boys pipping KSRC to the post by just 40cm! Notable mentions are Louis Nares and Nathan Mielczarek winning Gold and Silver medals for their individual distances, with Olivia Moir bringing home the Silver medal in the Girls’ individual race.

The time then came to mix in with our opponents. All RSSBC and KSRC members were placed into randomly selected teams to compete for team medals in a two-minute sprint knock-out regatta. All teams raced hard with purpose, as the roars of J14s could be heard throughout Chester. The team consisting of KSRC juniors and RSSBC’s own Max Wilkie took the Bronze medals, whilst it was a tight race between Silver and Gold, with only 20m separating them. Hattie Haynes, Ella Fox-Davies, George Bach and Henry Davies were amongst the Silver medal team, whilst RSSBC’s golden girl Tiggy Cowan Taylor helped her team to victory.

The fixture against King’s was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all, and Shrewsbury’s J14 coaches were extremely proud of their squad. It was a superb way to end the Michaelmas Term and we can’t wait to see more racing in the Lent term. Future races include Wycliffe Big Head, The Scullery at Eton Dorney and Junior Inter-Regional Trials.

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