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Rowing success

We were delighted to hear that Sophie and Maddie (both year 12) picked up two consecutive victories recently, competing in the ‘Charlotte Easton’ boat. They have been very successful, beating crews in the age category above themselves, winning the Junior 18 double sculls at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls and then the Pairs Head of the River. The girls have trained hard, shown maturity and determination along the way and really earned these great wins. Sophie and Maddie usually row together, and also compete in eights and fours. The boat is named after the late and inspirational Head of Classics Ms Charlotte Easton (staff 2010-16) who died in 2016 after a long, courageous battle against cancer. We’re sure Charlie would be very proud to see our Emanuel girls doing so well in the boat which bears her name. Charlie herself was a superb rower who in 2004 won a gold medal at Henley in the women’s lightweight single scull class. Thus far this rowing season has seen a win in the Junior 16 double sculls at Pairs Head of the River with Lauren and Kyra finishing on top. The J18 girls’ pair finished second and the J18 girls’ intermediate double also came fourth in their category. The J18 boys doubles finished sixth and seventh in their event and an impressive 67th and 69th overall in a field of nearly 400 adult crews of both men and women. Moving forward, the rowing club will be busy over the upcoming half-term, competing at Bedford Small Boats Head and training on the tideway and at Dorney Lake. After half term, the seniors will race at Fours Head of the River on 3rd November, followed by Kingston Head and Hampton Head for the full Rowing Club.

Miss Blaikie and Miss Fitzgibbon