Fresh off the back of recording a number of wins at the local Castleconnell Sprint Regatta last weekend, the junior rowers of St. Michael’s will be gearing up for their biggest test to date as they take on the best of the UK at the National School’s regatta in Windsor from the 25th to 27th May.
St. Michael’s will be well represented by 12 crews where the youngest competitors will hope to do themselves proud in the under-15 boys and girls coxed quadruple sculls and eights while their older clubmates will be looking to make names for themselves in the hotly contested Under 16 coxless quadruple sculls and eights as well as the highly coveted Championship events in the Girl’s eight and four as well as the Boy’s and Girl’s singles events, rubbing shoulders with some household names in UK junior rowing such as the Windsor Boy’s School, Eton College, Hampton School, Headington School as well as famed clubs such as Leander Club and Henley Rowing Club.
Unlike the traditional format of only heats and finals, the event will be run using time trials to seed the later races, which will demand that the rowers of St. Michael’s bring all they have in order to place as highly as possible to have a shot at the podium.
For many of the rowers travelling it will be their first time competing overseas where they will gain valuable experience rowing on Dorney Lake, the venue of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and hopefully get a flavour of what it might be like to represent Ireland in years to come.
Live results will be available on the website: www.nationalschoolsregatta.co.uk, as well as updates on the St. Michael’s Rowing Club (SMRC) Facebook page to track how the crews are progressing.
Best of luck St. Micks!