National School Games Finals teams announced
Posted: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:11
From: British Rowing
England North and England South indoor rowing teams are taking part in the School Games Finals for the first time.
48 junior athletes will compete in two teams for England North & England South at the National School Games Finals held at Loughborough University on the 31 August and 1 September.
For the first time, indoor rowing will be included as one of the eleven sports at the School Games Finals in its thirteen-year history. Indoor rowing will take place alongside canoeing in a shared venue, with British Rowing working alongside British Canoeing to bring the sports to the School Games.
The two England teams have been selected in years 9, 10 and 11 from indoor rowing school competitions held throughout the school year. The School Games is a chance for young people who are new to the sport to have the opportunity to compete and progress. The England selection policy looked for young people who have never been active within the British Rowing community.
England North & England South will face Northern Ireland in both individual and team competitions over the two days. Following the format enjoyed by juniors at other indoor competitions, Year 9 will race over 4 minutes, Year 10 over 5 minutes and Year 11 over 6 minutes in individual races.
Teams will then be formed from the individual competition and year groups will race in two mixed teams of four over 2,000m for the team relay races on Saturday, 1 September.
Rosie Mayglothling, British Rowing's Director of Pathway Development, said "This is a fantastic opportunity for our young indoor rowers to be a member of an England Team in a multi-sport environment. Canoeing and rowing will share a venue and be given the chance to try each others sport."
The individual competition takes place from 10 am on Friday, 31 August, whilst the team relay will kick off from 10 am on Saturday, 1 September. Tickets for each can be purchased from the School Games Website.