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Canford rowers make history at Henley

Published Friday 6th of July 2012 12:42:14 PM

Canford has had an outstanding rowing season this year.

At the Head of the River in London in March, the 1st VIII won to become among the top ten fastest boats in the country in their category at that stage of the season. The girls' quadruple sculls gained bronze at this event, and added gold in May at the Wallingford regatta to win The Yeatman Cup.

At the National Schools' Regatta in Nottingham in June, the girls' quadruple sculls won the Championship event and set a new course record while the J15 boys VIII won bronze.

The boys' 1st VIII and the girls' quads qualified for the Henley Royal Regatta in July. The boys won their first heat but lost by � length to a strong Belmont, USA boat in the early rounds. However, the girls' excellent performances gained them a place in the final, with winning form against Tideway Scullers and Nottingham Rowing Club. Although runners up to a strong Henley Rowing Club boat in the final itself, this was a wonderful achievement for a school rowing quad.

The girls' quads also made history as one crew member, Lauren Fry, was the lightest rower ever at Henley. Given the strong head winds during the regatta this year, this makes their success even more impressive and a real inspiration to all pupils interested in developing in the sport.

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