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Shanklin host IOW Indoor Rowing Championships.

SHANKLIN Sandown Rowing Club hosted the seventh annual Isle of Wight Rowing Forum Junior Indoor Rowing Competition, at their clubhouse on Sunday.The event, open to any junior or under-18 members from the Island’s three rowing clubs (Ryde, Shanklin Sandown and Newport), together with the Ryde School Boat Club, featured representatives of all four clubs.

The competition, which featured 20 junior oarsman, was split into two stages, in line with British Rowing’s guidelines and as used at the National Junior Indoor Rowing competition, at which many Island rowers will compete early next year.

All juniors were divided into boys and girls, in relevant age groups, and competed as individuals over a distance rowed in a fixed time, with medals awarded for the top three places.

After it finished, a relay was held over 3,000m, in teams of six, drawn from the hat from all four clubs, to round off a great day’s competition.

Congratulations to all Shanklin Sandown rowers, and thanks to Stu Johnson The Bay Cof E School for his help in setting up the competition, and the Shanklin catering team of Liz, Lyn, and Liz for providing refreshments.


Year 7 boys: Fergus Findlay (Newport Rowing Club); Year 8 boys: Conner Garner (Newport); girls: Kayleigh Batchelor (Shanklin Sandown); Year 9 girls: Poppy Starkey (Ryde); Year 10 boys: Ethan Walters (Shanklin Sandown); girls: Rachael Debenham (Shanklin Sandown); Year 11 boys: Charlie Walford (Ryde); girls: Charlotte Tapsell (Shanklin Sandown); Year 12-13 boys: Jonjo Findlay (Newport); girls: Florrie Webb (Ryde School Boat Club); relay team: 1 Ollie Colson, Rachael Debenham, Ben Smith, Florrie Webb, Toby Batchelor and Charlie Walford, 2 Ethan Walters, Arlo Adds, Connor Garner, Lottie Tapsell, Toby Lucas and Poppy Starkey, 3 Kayleigh Batchelor, Beth Walpole-Davies, Theo Phelan, Jonjo Findlay, Laurence Cole and Harry Jones.