Queen Anne’s Boat Club Make History!
Thursday 1st June 2017
Queen Anne’s Boat Club took a squad of 8 athletes for the first time to the National Schools Regatta on Sunday 28 May at the London Olympic venue, Eton Dorney.
This was a big stepping stone for our Boat Club. We entered two junior women’s quads, a junior 16 quad and a junior 18 quad. The girls who took part were:
Both of our quads started the day with a time trial over 1750m, where they had to come in the top 28 in the country – our J18s placed 22nd and our J16s placed 24th. This meant that both crews progressed through to the D final, where they would race 2,000m. Both quads then had a chance to race their opposition side by side! Our J18s placed 1st in the D final and our J16s placed 5th in their final in a 7 lane race!
We were also lucky enough to have Maya McCarthy and Emily Batchelor with us on the day – both Emily and Maya were part of the NSR team that helped film the event for YouTube!
There were 4 other girls taking part from Queen Anne’s School for their own Boat Clubs. It was great to have such a big contingent from Queen Anne’s!
Amy Howard of QA and Henley Boat Club won a bronze medal in the J16 8+.
Eleanor Blois-Brooke of QA and Shiplake Vikings came 5th in the C final of the J15 4x
Izzy Richards of QA and Reading Rowing Club came 5th in the D final of the Championship Single and came 9th in the CG2x
Ella Harris of QA and Reading Rowing Club came 4th in the C final of the Championship Single and came 10th in the CG2x.
National Schools Regatta is the biggest junior regatta that takes part in our country with over 5,000 competitors. I would like to say huge congratulations to all of the Queen Anne’s girls that took part! They all did us proud!!
Our day would not have been as successful without the support of our incredible family and friends! Thank you so much to all of our supporters…. We hope this is the first of many National Schools for QABC.
Mrs Natasha Townsend
Head of Rowing