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SBA on top form as they WIN the Island School Indoor Rowing Competition!

posted 2 Feb 2018, 03:35 by Katrina Heather   [ updated 5 Feb 2018, 00:41 ]

We are delighted to announce that Sandown Bay Academy won the indoor rowing competition that took place yesterday!

Well done to all students from all of the secondary schools who took part in the Island Schools Indoor Rowing Competition. The hard work and drive that students showed was incredible. We would like to say a big thank you to all who came along to support and those who took part. It was an incredible afternoon!...


Island Schools’ Indoor Rowing Championships - A report from Lesley Walters (Vice Principal)

Congratulations to our amazing team of young athletes who stormed to victory at the Island championships by an amazing 20 points last Thursday!

Hosts of the Island Championships, and the biggest one to date, Sandown Bay Academy have enjoyed a long tradition of success in this event, and certainly did not disappoint on this occasion.  

First off was current National indoor rowing champion Daisy Faithfull who set a blistering pace to gain a huge victory but most significantly a Personal Best (PB) in the 2k. In great form currently, Jamie Gamble enjoyed one of the tightest races of the day, just missing out on victory but nonetheless delighted by another PB. Flynn Powell , fresh from cross country success, found he was equally talented on the indoor rower to gain a brilliant third place. However, with one girl short in their team, they lost by just one point in the team event to Ryde School Boat Club.

The Year 7s, fresh to this gruelling discipline, remained upbeat and gallant, with spirited performances and good placings all round, winning their age group competition. Year 8s, generally the smallest team in the squad, rowed well and with great determination to gain third overall.  

Both year 10 and 11 were never out the frame and enjoyed some very close racing, particularly in the girls. This is particularly encouraging considering many are non rowers and new to this discipline. Not for the faint- hearted, this discipline really does test both the physical and mental toughness of the athletes, and the achievement of so many Personal best scores, alongside very close races, was a testament to the young competitors themselves who, without exception, pushed themselves beyond their own expectations.

Team of the day however had to be the Year 9s who dropped just 4 points in the whole competition with outstanding performances from Ethan Walters, Owen Denness and Thomas Ashley in the boys and Rachael Debenham, Roxy Brown and Sophia Philo in the girls. Their team score was the highest overall!

Whilst Sandown dominated the Year 7 and 9 events completely, with  but were rarely off the podium in most age races in all age groups to gain valuable team points, securing overall victory by over 20 points.

We can now look forward to some of the team competing in the National Schools Indoor Rowing event at Lea Valley Park, London on March 9th.


A huge well done to this ace team of:

Year 7: Berenike Mihalyi; Freya Henry; Alanna Denness; James Ashley and Ashton Harper

Year 8: Annie Davies; Lauren Clarke; Louis Gamble, Josh Sunnocks and Adrian Plitcher.

Year 9: Ethan Walters, Owen Denness, Thomas Ashley, Rachael Debenham, Sophia Philo, Roxy Browne; Ellie Treagus

Year 10: Yas Wright, Sophie Burton, Aiden Pearce and Niall Powell

Year 11: Emily Faithfull, Sophie Burton, Chloe Butchers, Sam French and Lewis Jenkins

Year 12/13: Daisy Faithfull; Jamie Gamble and Flynn Powell.



The results have been posted below:



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