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Monkton secure rowing gold at National School Championships

Monday, 05 June 2017

Pupils at Monkton have secured a stunning rowing victory in the National Schools Championships.

The students from the school took on the likes of Eton, Radley and St Pauls at the event last week, which is hosted on the 2012 Olympic Rowing course at Dorney Lake in Windsor.

The school crew made up of Year 11s won through several heats and time trials to win the J16 8+ category, a title which the school has been chasing for a number of years.

A total of sixty seven boys and girls from Monkton attended the event and raced across fourteen different boat classes, facing strong competition including  Abington School and Bedford School.  The year 9 girls coxed quad raced superbly to secure 4th place in the C final and the Year 11 boys pair raced a good solid race to also finish fourth in the C Final.

Monkton’s Director of Rowing Matt Wells said “Monkton rowing is going from strength to strength.  There is a fantastic buzz within the school and at the rowing club.”

“This success has not just happened over night and there is a whole team of support behind the pupils.  Our thanks go out to the school, their parents, coaches and teammates who have all contributed to the success.”

Monkton has a strong history of rowing and many of its former pupils have gone on to success in the Olympics including Steve Williams OBE andRowley Douglas MBE.

Mr Wells added, “Not only did our winning crew secure the gold medal but they also had the chance to race in the Championship final against the first crews from Eton, Hampton and Radley to really test their mettle.”

Monkton is home to its own rowing facilities in Monkton Combe and also has a base at Saltford.

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