On Saturday 21st July 2018, four Great Marlow School rowers represented England at the 2018 Home International Regatta in Cork, Ireland. Oliver Peace, Oliver Emmett-Bird, Jamie-Jack Westfold and Josh McKenzie from Great Marlow School in Marlow were all selected to row in the Junior Mens Coxless Four, and in the Junior Mens Eight boat for their country. Seventy-six rowers from 29 schools and clubs across England were selected as they raced against the home nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The boys Coxless Four was their first race of the day and in what was their last regatta as Junior Rowers, the four boys took a dominant lead throughout the course and beat Scotland at the finishing line to take the gold medal position.
Their last race was in the prestigious Junior Mens Eight, alongside crew members from Eton College, Kings College School, Kings Chester, and Hinksey Sculling School. The boys dominated the race with an impressive 10 second lead as they crossed the line in the brilliant Irish sunshine.
So, between them, the Great Marlow crew returned to Marlow early on Sunday morning with an impressive eight international Gold medals!
Head coach of Great Marlow School Boat Club, Fergus Murison said: “Great Marlow School Boat Club are extremely proud of Oli, Ollie, Jamie and Josh representing not only Great Marlow School, but also their country. They are a credit to the school, we wish them every success in the future and are looking forward to watching their rowing careers progress when they all leave the school and attend university in September.”
At the regatta, England won the Junior Men’s title and England were also the overall winners of the day. A great day for England Rowing and for Great Marlow School.
On Sunday 22nd July, the rest of the Great Marlow School Boat Club rowers raced at the British Rowing Junior Championships in Nottingham and picked up three medals in the J18 Pair, the J18 Coxless Four and the Women’s J16 Coxed Four. Another great day for Great Marlow School.