Report by Mel Bardsley
On 18th April, Budehaven students arrived at the sports hall at Marjons-Plymouth University ready to compete in the year 7-12 indoor rowing competition.
Year 7 girls, Amaya Thunming and Lily Collidge raced first, rowing strongly for 2minutes. Both girls rowed approx. 400m each in their race finishing 9th and 13th respectively. A great result for both girls who are new to this sport.
The school had five year 8 rowers in this event, 4 girls; Jade and Zara Turner, Maddy Meagan and Tamsin Rookes and 1 boy, Ed Booker. All 5 rowed for 3 minutes and rowed consistently well throughout their races. Girls’ results were; 5th Jade with 730m (only 6m off 3rd place!), 8th Maddy, 14th Zara and 17th Tamsin. Ed came 9th in the boys’ race, rowing 682m.
Next came the school’s year 10 boy rower, Charlie Higham. He was up against some seriously big and experienced male rowers! However, this did not faze Charlie at all and at no point did he fade in his race; he kept a strong and consistent stroke rate throughout his 5-minute race to finish a fantastic 3rd place. The boy who won this race was only 50m off the British record, that’s how well Charlie competed.
The year 12/13 girls’ race covers 2000m in the fastest time possible. The strong experienced rower, Maddie Weston, competed in this event. She rowed consistently well around the 2.00/500m for the whole 8 minutes she raced, coming home in first position. Well done Maddie!
Well done to all students who competed in this event, they all gave 100% effort.