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Under-18s take to the water!

Posted on 20 October 2015  - 10:33

Our Academy players got a special chance to learn the art of rowing when they visited the London Regatta Centre in the Docklands last Thursday (October 15).

Will Miller, Charlie Hayford, Japhet Tanganga, Joy Mukena and Jack Roles enjoy the rowing sessionThe lads learn new skills in the indoor water tankA race on the open waterTime to pack the equipment awayAn enjoyable day for all

Many of our full-time youngsters were taught various rowing techniques before putting what they'd learned into practise on the open water.

The day began with an elite level demonstration by GB rowers Kesiah Roe (Year 13) and Leila Bernstein (Year 12) and, after working on their skills in an indoor tank, the group was split into two boats of eight and given the chance to practice outdoors.

The day culminated in a race between the two teams, with the winning side comprising of Joe Pritchard, George Marsh, Armani Daly, Aramide Oteh, Joe Muscatt, Tom McDermott, Charlie Owens and Brandon Austin.

"The trip was a great opportunity to try a sport that we wouldn’t usually get to try and it was also an excellent team-building exercise,” said goalkeeper Brandon.

"At first we all struggled with the technique of pulling the oars, but eventually everyone managed to get the hang of it.

"The biggest challenge we faced out on the water was pulling the oars in sync with each other, but the more we practised the better we became and we actually started to move the boat with some speed.

"The day was a great experience for us all and highlighted the importance of working well in a team to be successful. The dedication and commitment of Kesiah and Leila to get to where they are now showed us what it takes to get to elite level in sport."