On Friday 18th March, I travelled down to Eton Dorney Buckinghamshire, which was built to host the rowing in the Olympics 2012.
My older sister Hermione was entered in The Scullery which is a national competition (although there was also a crew from Italy) for junior rowers aged 18 or under. She was to cox a crew of girls from her year at SGGS who are all members of Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club in a junior 14 coxed quad, WJ14x+, and there were a total of 48 crews in her division! There were approximately 500 crew at the event so as you can imagine it was jam packed.
Everyone was buzzing with nerves and excitement to get on the water because this was the Olympic course and it meant a lot to everyone there. All the competitors wanted to do well because many of their idols had raced on the same water a few years earlier.
After an inspirational pep-talk from their coach, Graham, the girls got on the water and we (all the families of the girls) took our places by the side of the river. As they approached the start the adrenaline kicked in and then they were off. When they finished the 3.6k race it was a long and anxious wait for the results. After ages and ages of waiting we found out that the girls came a brilliant 5th pleasing both the girls and their coach. I was and am incredibly proud!
By Imogen (Noel Class)