The first stage of this season’s Great Britain Junior long distance rowing trials took place on Saturday 23 November. Three Sixth Form boys from Shiplake College were given the fantastic opportunity to attend the trials and test themselves against the best young rowers in the country. It was a bitterly cold morning as Max Hearnden (left), Henry Cawthorne (middle) and Harry Hogan (right) traveled up to Boston, Lincolnshire, accompanied by Mr Fitton.
The event was attended by 136 boys and 62 girls. Each trialist competed in single skulls against the clock over a gruelling distance of 5,000m. The leading rower in the male category clocked an impressive time of 19:28. Our boys did themselves proud with their performances. Max finished in 29th place with a time of 20:24, placing him in the top 15 junior sweep oarsmen in the country. Henry was just 4.8 seconds slower, a time good enough to finish 35th. Harry was placed 78th overall, but finishing in the top 100 is still a great achievement for him considering it was his first trials and he only took up rowing 2 years ago!
After his excellent performance, Max has now been invited to a World Class Potential Training Camp in Nantes, France from 15-22 December. This is a very good stepping stone towards Max representing GB again next summer. We will keep you updated with his progress throughout the trials process.