After a year of regattas, head races and tough training both indoor and on the beautiful, but often chilly River Don, young rowers from Doncaster have for the 3rd year in a row ranked in the top 3 schools rowing clubs in the U.K. for wins in a year.
This year with 55 wins (there is no second place in rowing!) the club was pipped to the top 2 spots by Queen Elizabeth High School based in Hexham, Northumberland and the Royal Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury. This achievement is even more impressive as Doncaster Schools Rowing Association is much smaller than the other schools.
Supported by a team of volunteer coaches, children and young people from all across Doncaster train up to 5 sessions a week to achieve success on the water.
Coach Adrian Pogmore says: ‘There are 86 competitive rowing schools and school associations in the UK including the likes of Eton College, Hampton School and Windsor Boys School, so to finish in the top 3 for the 3rd year running is a fantastic achievement for us and shows just how dedicated our junior rowers are.’
Doncaster Schools Rowing Association is the junior section of Doncaster Rowing Club, with children able to join the club from age 11. Our members compete at a fantastic range of events from The Schools Head of the River Race on The Thames, representing Yorkshire at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta to more local regattas such as York. We also attend the British Rowing Junior Championships and the British Rowing Indoor Championships, where we have won several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Based on the riverbank in Hexthorpe Park, the club is a hive of activity in the evenings and at the weekend. Rowing is a great way to stay physically active and develop fitness. Rowing works nearly all of the muscles in the body so it is a very efficient workout; it can be one of the most physically demanding sports.
Rowing also provides a ready-made community where young people can make life-long friends. With a shared purpose and becoming part of a crew where everyone has to work together for success and also becoming part of a club, which has members from age 11 to 80, and a real mix of backgrounds and skills. The benefits go far beyond sporting inclusion, with members supporting each other at events, including fantastic support from parents, many of whom drive our boats to and from events and provide much needed cake and shouts of encouragement!
If you would like to find more about Doncaster Rowing Club, please visit www.doncaster-rowingclub.org.