Having a ball! King’s Ely rowers scoop five medals at Spring Regatta in London

Kings Ely rowers in action at the Ball Cup Sprint Regatta in London. PHOTO: Mark Johnson

Kings Ely rowers in action at the Ball Cup Sprint Regatta in London. PHOTO: Mark Johnson - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely rowers were victorious at the Ball Cup Sprint Regatta in London.

A total of 28 King’s Ely Senior and King’s Ely Junior students travelled to the Olympic rowing course to compete in the prestigious competition on May 7.

Alice Dickens won a gold medal in the women’s under 16 single scull and set a new course record, as did Georgia Chapman who struck gold in the women’s under 14 single scull.

Tallulah Cox won a bronze medal in the women’s under 15 single scull and went on to repeat this result in winning bronze in the women’s under 15 double sculls with her rowing partner Imogen Kirkpatrick.

The King’s Ely Junior boys’ coxed quad of Isaac Berraondo, Finlay Boyle, Conall Comley and Edward Moss also claimed bronze and the King’s Ely Junior girls’ coxed quad of Isaac Berraondo (cox), Annie Moore, Otilia Salgado, Indra Salgado and Charlotte Ellis placed third in their heat, narrowly missing out on making the A final.

It was an impressive row as it was the Salgado twins’ fourth time ever in a rowing boat.

The group’s success follows an impressive display from the school’s rowers at the 40th Ghent International Spring Regatta and 27th International Belgium Junior Championships earlier this month.

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Jake Clifton rowed brilliantly in his heat of the under 14 single scull, and Georgia Chapman also turned in a top display to finish in third in the under 16 single scull.

Team GB hopefully Holly Lancaster starred again with crew mate Rebecca Garrett to place third overall in the under 16 double but saved her best performance for the under 18 women’s coxless four crew challenge.

She and crew Emma Tarshish, Emily Moore and Emma Fowler stormed back from a length and-a-half down after 500m to win the International Belgium Junior Championships.

There were also wins for the junior men’s coxed four, under 18 coxless women’s pair and a Gold for Emily Moore coxing in the men’s open coxed eight in a King’s Ely and Nerus Amsterdam Composite crew.

The King’s Ely Boat Club competes at a large number of events throughout the year, including the National Schools’ Regatta, Schools’ Sculling Head, The Ball Cup and Junior Inter-Regional Regatta.