THE Bank Holiday weekend was one of achievement and celebration for Shiplake College, as the school’s boat club recorded unprecedented
THE Bank Holiday weekend was one of achievement and celebration for Shiplake College, as the school’s boat club recorded unprecedented success at the National Schools’ Regatta.
The prestigious event is the pinnacle of the schools’ rowing calendar, providing an opportunity for the nation’s best young talent to battle for school pride.
Shiplake entered 78 students across 15 events over the course of the three–day regatta.
For the first time since 1986, Shiplake’s senior first eight claimed gold in the Child Beale Cup, seeing off the likes of Latymer Upper, Bedford School and Reading Blue Coat in the final, which they led from start to finish.
A delighted first eight coach Hugh Mackworth–Praed commented: “Victory in this event is a fitting milestone of the progress the college has made in recent years, and the boys have now earned the right to test themselves against the country’s fastest schools throughout the summer.”
Shiplake’s J16 IV showed the future is extremely bright with astonishing performances in the premier ‘championship’ race category.
The J16 IV of Seb Newman, Henry Blois–Brooke, Hugo Oglina and Christian Hjortland–Marks claimed silver medals in their final, finishing narrowly behind Eton College. The quartet were joined by teammates in the Championship eights event, missing out on a medal by just 0.23 of a second.
These results rank Shiplake amongst the very best schools in the UK, and the boys are eager to press on over the next two years to replicate this success at senior level.
Director of rowing Dave Currie added: “These results were a product of all the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the students and coaching team across the year.
“I would like to thank everyone that has enabled the college to perform so well this year.
“It goes to show that Shiplake College is a true team.”