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Junior Sculling Regatta

The Junior Regatta is a relatively new national regatta aimed specifically at the sculling discipline. All our medals at the Junior Inter Regionals were from rowing so moving into sculling was a new challenge.

It was an early start for the Sixth Form Boys’ Quad, who arrived at 6:15, to prepare for their first race at 7.30.

In total GMS had 10 crews competing and a fabulous 8 of those made it through to the finals. Of these, sadly the Year 11 Boys’ Double of Sal Dunn and Will Clayton had ‘to scratch’ due to Sal being unwell.

The top Boys’ Quad had a great race in their final with all but the two leaders in a tight pack with ½ a length between them. They came in 6th, given they have not been sculling since the scullery event back in early March, this was an impressive result and a reflection of their commitment to training over the last month or so.

The top Girls’ Quad had a good time trial and closed the gap on the top crews since their last scullery outing. Again their final was a tight race with the GMS crew well up with the main field, although they slipped a place from the time trial, they have clearly moved on relative to the top crews over the last month or so.

Our Year 10 Quads were extremely competitive, coming in the top 10 in the last scullery outing,  thus they were looking to make a mark. The boys were excited by coming 4th in their time trial. In the final, they raced well but could not quite convert this into a medal. The girls, having just managed to make their final, raced brilliantly and in a tight last 250 missed 4th place by a foot, coming 5th in their race.

The Year 9 Girls also made the B final and raced well but could not move up from their 12th place.

The last race of the day was the Year 9 Boys’ Quad, including Ernie Stevens from Year 8. In their time trial, they had raced brilliantly to come second overall. Lining up for the final at 6:00 pm they looked remarkably calm for this young, talented crew. The race went pretty much to plan but Tiffin School put in a big push at 750m to go ahead of GMS placing them third. The boys stayed close to their rivals, keeping the gap to ½ a length down through to the last 500m. Then, having a little more strength than their rivals, coupled with steely determination, they started inching up towards the Silver medal position. Sadly, they ran out of race track so their great achievement is Bronze. Congratulations Conor Quaan, Will Allen, Ernie Stevens, Alexander Eldridge, and cox Luke Reynolds.

Mr Murison says, “An amazing achievement for these boys and I am sure we will see many more great results from them.”

Well done to all the GMS rowers.

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