House Rowing 2018

House Rowing 2018

House Rowing was on Thursday after school. This event has become a real favourite of the house competitions; an electric atmosphere, pumping music, and lighting akin to a night club ensure all competitors are fired up to give their all over the 5000m team relay. The four man rowing teams are allowed two helpers to assist with change overs, with the rower changing as quick as they can every 20 strokes. Each gives everything they can to cover as much distance as they can in their turn before handing over. It is tough, really tough.  The winners often do pull the hardest, however there is no doubt slick changeovers can help an under-powered team. In the end the category winners were as follows Year 9: ALLEN HOUSE Year 10: WARWICK HOUSE SENIOR ( Year 11/12/13): BURGESS HOUSE Well done to everyone who competed in this high octane event!                CAPTAIN OF BOATS 2018 The new Captain of Boats is Ferdy Cleare. He takes over from Isaac Workman who has been an exceptional Captain through 2017, leading by example and in general being one of the nicest boys around. Fiercely determined though, Isaac won 2 National GOLD medals, 1 National SILVER medal, and was part of The Fawley Challenge Cup crew that won at Henley Royal Regatta Big Shoes to follow! However, Ferdy is a great young man, and is set to do a great job!   New Captain of boats Ferdy Cleare on the right with Isaac Workman, outgoing Captain Mark Wilkinson Director of...
Prestigious coaching award for Mark Wilkinson

Prestigious coaching award for Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson, our Director of Rowing, has been awarded a prestigious coaching award from British Rowing for all his brilliant achievements this year.  It was announced just before Christmas that he had won the Daniel Topolski Award as the GB Rowing Team Development Coach of 2017. This award for Mark is in recognition of his significant coaching successes for both Windsor Boys and GB over the last few years but in particular last year where he had a fantastic season.  I hope everyone knows about the success of TWBS boat club last year at Henley, the National Schools and the National Championships, but some may not be so familiar with Mark Wilkinson’s key role in the success of the GB Junior section in summer 2017. GB won four medals, including two golds, at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, with Wilkinson’s men’s quadruple sculls taking an excellent silver medal. Overall GB came second in the medal table. As a school we are extremely fortunate to have a national level coach as our director of rowing, and to have an award winning coach is truly amazing.  We are all extremely proud of Mr Wilkinson and know that he thoroughly deserves this national recognition.  As always, he did not expect this honour and is very modest about everything he has done, attributing it all to the dedication of the athletes in the school and the junior GB squad.  But we know that his expertise as a coach is a major factor in the success of so many boys in the fine sport of rowing.  Congratulations. Gavin Henderson...
Happy New Year from the Boat Club!

Happy New Year from the Boat Club!

Boat Club UPDATE Spain GB Rowing Camp Winter training continues with the boat club – it is tough – lots of training and not much racing – and now the river has flooded, so all in the gym! Before Christmas Isaac Workman attended the GB rowing training camp to Laois, Spain – 7 days of training, 3 times per day so Isaac did very well and gained a lot of confidence in what he is capable of. Racing The boat club raced at Kingston Head of River, the GB rowing National Trials and the Fours Head of River last term. Results were solid, with the highlights being Bryn Ellery coming 3rd at the National GB Rowing trials in November, and Isaac Workman coming 17th – two excellent results. Kingston Head of River saw all year 10, 11 and 6th form rowers out competing  - no wins, but lots experience gained. At the fours head of river the 1st boat came 4th of the treacherous 7km course in London.   Year 9 Rowing Update  I hope everyone is well. Year 9 rowing will progress this term – hopefully the river settles down and we can get back onto the water asap. The basic plan for Year 9 each week is as follows for this term     DAY Session TIME LOCATION Monday   15:15 – 17:00 BOATHOUSE Tuesday   OFF n/a Wednesday   15:15 – 17:00 GYM or boat house confirmed each week Thursday   07:00- 08:15 GYM Friday   15:00-17:00 BOATHOUSE Saturday 14:00 – 16:30/17:00 BOATHOUSE – WATER (or gym if the river is up and unusable) Sunday   OFF n/a Unless...
Boat Club Update

Boat Club Update

The first six weeks back since the summer holidays have seen over 250 boys across all year groups participate in some form of rowing. It has been great to see so many year 9s come to the boathouse regularly, since 170 of them completed the swim and capsize test on their first Friday at the school. The swim test evening is a great event in itself these days, with year 9 boys, older senior boys, staff and parents descending on the boathouse. Nearly 500 people were down there to watch the new intake take on the daunting swim test. It was a great sight to see. A warming cup of hot soup and food from the BBQ was the reward – well done to all who took part. The task of teaching them to row has been a pretty epic affair; logistics are the most challenging part, with limited boats and coaching resources. Nonetheless, well over 100 year 9s continue to develop their rowing skills – the hope is to get some out racing internally before Christmas, and maybe even an external race in the New Year awaits. Keep it up! The rest of the squads are back into full training mode. A number of internal races have been completed, and the Annual Pooley Cup challenge match v Eton College. It is unusual to have ‘matches’ in rowing, however this event sees the top 16 sculler in each school race a 6km time trial event, with the sum of the positions determining the team winner. Bryn Ellery raced really well to win the event overall, and he was backed...
Tom “Noddy” Smith – History in the making and a year to remember!

Tom “Noddy” Smith – History in the making and a year to remember!

“Marathon runners talk about hitting ‘the wall’ at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it’s a hole - an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. As you pass the five-hundred-meter mark, with three-quarters of the race still to row, you realize with dread that you are not going to make it to the finish, but at the same time the idea of letting your teammates down by not rowing your hardest is unthinkable…Therefore, you are going to die. Welcome to this life.” — Ashleigh Teitel This is how Tom Smith’s 2017 highlights reel reads. British Long Distance Trials winner in single and double, first ever from WBSBC. First ever WBSBC winner at the Sculler HOR. British Selection Regatta Gold medal in the single, first ever from WBSBC, 3 Great Britain vests, an historic Gold medal in the Championship Quads Forest Cup (first time in 24 years) at the Nationals followed up by Gold in the Championship Doubles (defending from 2016) too. An even more historic victory came at Henley Royal Regatta, in winning The Fawley Challenge Cup (first in 19 years) including a record time, and and then came unprecedented Silver medal (best ever WBSBC performance at any championship junior or senior) at the World Championships in Trakai, Litunania, as part of the four...
Henley Royal Regatta 2017

Henley Royal Regatta 2017

Next week, the major highlight of the rowing and sporting calendar will see The Windsor Boys’ School out competing for The Fawley Challenge Cup as the 1st Quad were pre-qualified following their success at the Nationals a few weeks ago. Also hoping to join the quad at the regatta will be the eight, who need to qualify by attending and racing at the qualification races held this Friday over in Henley. Henley Royal Regatta is an incredible, world class event, attracting crews from all over the world, and to see the school, a normal state comprehensive competing on such a stage is an achievement in itself, given all the challenges to make rowing work at the school. Once again, the regatta will be broadcast live on BT sport and through YouTube. The production is super high definition, and nothing makes rowing look better than the footage that is shown. Support for the boys is always incredible, but will reach fever pitch through the regatta, with huge alumni support as well as current boys and parents. I encourage everyone to tune in and watch. All links to YouTube and race times will be published on the boat club’s Facebook page via this link - https://www.facebook.com/windsorboysboatclub I hope you can tune in and watch, and please do encourage all the boys to watch too. It may be only one or hopefully two boats, but they represent everyone connected to the school, past, present and future and success for the crews will take a huge team effort, which includes all the supporters. So please do shout “Come on Windsor!”, even if it...
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