Oarsome performance by King’s Ely as young rowers triumph at Ball Cup South Regatta

YOUNG rowers from King’s Ely powered to victory on an Olympic course to win the Ball Cup South Regatta.

The school’s stars pipped 34 other teams to triumph at the event, which aims to give intermediate rowers the chance to compete on a multi-lane course.

David Bercow started the tournament, which was held at Dorney Lake, Windsor, in style as he claimed a bronze medal in the J16 single event.

The J13 ‘A’ coxed squad, made up of Tom Oldham, Freddy Scott, Edmund Dickens, Jamie Stiff and Sabby Ray (coxing), followed up by securing the school’s first gold.

Max Openshaw and James Bridgeman won the J15 double while Phoebe Bradbury, Lucie Clift, Katherine Wege and Libby Milne took gold in the WJ16 coxless quad for the Isle of Ely.

There were then more medals for Scott, Dickens, Openshaw and Bradbury - this time silver.

The J13 ‘B’ coxed quad of George Ignarski, Rory Bates, Gabriel Coulter, Will Topping and Harriet Parris (coxing), finished fourth after being pipped on the line.

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The girls J13 coxed quad, which included Isla Taylor, Carolina Girones, Eve Noble, Izzy Parris and Harriet Parris (coxing), finished sixth overall.

King’s rowing coach Liam Smith said: “All 38 athletes from King’s Ely put on a fantastic performance.

“All in all it was a very successful day and thanks must go to the parents and coaches who were there to encourage and help athletes get on and off of the water.”