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Rowing at GMS

Rowing at Great Marlow School was rejuvenated after the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with the support of Sir Steven Redgrave, the Amateur Rowing Association and Marlow Rowing Club

With support from the National Lottery, the school became part of the National Project Oarsome initiative, which encourages indoor and outdoor rowing in schools. Lottery funding purchased a fleet of 8 boats, coaching launch and trailer, as well as indoor rowing machines.

Two further lottery grants have enabled Great Marlow School boat club (GMSBC) to purchase more rowing machines. Sir Steve Redgrave also donated a coxed four to the school. It was in 2008, when the school club became so popular that it formed GMSBC, which boats out of Longridge Water Sports Centre. GMS are extremely grateful to the Blue Friars Trust which has enabled us to expand our fleet of boats.

Since 2001, the indoor club has grown to over 90 students. Each year the school enters the National Indoor Championships, National Junior Indoor Championships and the National Indoor League.

In 2003, Elizabeth Gurney won the Girls Junior 13 National Title. Since 2004 we have won 28 Gold, 38 Silver and 30 Bronze individual and team medals at national level events.

Year 7 students start in the autumn term and progress into the racing squads in Year 8. The school competes at a range of local and national level regattas.

In 2003 GMS had their first regatta win at Marlow Town Regatta. In 2008 Jack Hockley was selected for the Great Britain U18 team and Juliet Steynor won our first ever Women’s Henley title and was also selected for Great Britain.

In 2010 GMSBC had 15 wins including local regattas such as Marlow Town with our J14 girls competing in the national schools final.

In 2011 the wins continued. J15 Boys won the Schools Head title in London; the first win at this event in the school’s history and went on to take the silver at the National Schools Regatta. The Girls J15 doubles, Ellie and Bethany Osborne went one better taking the National Schools Gold medal, putting the School Club firmly on the National Rowing map.

In 2012 our club had over 140 members and two 6th form girls aimed for Great Britain selection.

In 2013 success continued with 8 national medals, including the prestigious Schools Head of the River. GMS Girls’ Four were selected for England and won the Home International Regatta.

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