Lymington Rowers compete in British Rowing Indoor Championships

With no water competitions currently happening, 10 rowers from Lymington Rowing Club decided to turn their focus to the British Rowing Indoor Championships which despite its name this year included extra competition from overseas.

None of the competitors in this year's championships had the experience and positive atmosphere of racing at the venue with other rowers and instead had to push on and find motivation from their own homes with each event taking place online. 

The outstanding performance of the weekend was by Pippa Homewood who took the silver medal in the Year 10 Girls 5 minute race, where the goal is to cover as much distance as possible within 5 minutes. Her final score of 1312 meters was enough for a remarkable second place.

The race was a close run affair and Pippa was only 23 meters off eventual winner Emily Downing (Great Marlow School) but she had to put up an even bigger fight to hold onto second, seeing off Millie Hurrell (Great Britain) by just three meters.

Men's captain Sam Botting decided to compete in the Men's Open 500 meters in what was an incredibly strong field which included a world record holder. Sam put down a very credible 1:30.4 in his race, securing 26th overall, with scores being very tight across the board, chasing hard against opposition from across the world, including Italy, Sweden and Germany.

Elsewhere many of the Junior Squad did themselves proud with many tight mid pack finishes in incredibly competitive fields. Jack Mans competed in 6th Form boys 2000 metres, Ellie Potter in the 6th Form Girls 500m, Seb Mills and Annabelle Wilkinson in the J16 Boys and Girls 6 minutes, respectively, JC Aphin, Callan Wallis and George Roche in the Boys J15 5 minutes event and Sol Chamberlain in his 1st race in the Year 9 Boys 500m.

Junior Captain Jane Wild said "It was great to see so many of the youngsters staying motivated and competing in these tough times against very strong international competition".

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