by Coach Ronan Ivers
Early on Saturday morning, December 3rd, the King’s Hospital Boat Club headed to Carrick-on-Shannon to compete in the Head of the Shannon regatta. Eight crews were entered between the boys and girls squads. The time trial consisted of a 3 km race finishing at the bridge in the middle of the town. In the first of two events, the girls raced in a crew boat consisting of Kim Zitzmann, Sophie Thompson, Diane Sauveroche and Loiuse Watson while Maile Wedgwood competed in a single scull. On the boys side the crew boat consisted of Jack Lane, Taran Crooks, Niall Henry, Jay Parker Ryan and Sam Hayes and competing in the single scull was Jack Downey. All crews and scullers raced well, with the exception of Jack Downey who’s race was cut short when he crashed into a marker and had to retire early! The break at lunchtime allowed him to grab a bowl of soup and a hot shower before returning to the water for the second race in the afternoon, steering the boat for the womens four. Maile Wedgwood got to race again in the same boat but in a different category – Junior 16. Jack Lane and Taran Crooks raced the second head in a double scull and Sam Hayes raced in the single scull. Again, all crews raced well and looked strong as they came into the final stages of the race, cheered on by a good crowd of supporters who had gathered on the marina walkway close to the finish line.
By 3pm all the racing was complete and while the rowers were busy packing the boats away the organisers were amalgamating the results from both races to determine the over winners. The prize giving ceremony took place outside the boathouse where a large crowd of competitors and supporters had gathered to hear the results. The first win announced for KH was the girls crew who won their Novice 4 event. A fantastic result for the girls and well earned. Matching their success was the boys crew who won their Novice 4 event. Finally, in the sculling event Maile Wedgwood was the fastest competitor in her J16 category.
This was our last event for 2016 and it was great to come away winning 3 pennants. Full credit to coaches William Yeomans and Ruth Gilligan for the stewardship on the day and to all the parents who travelled to the event to support the crews.
We look forward to our next event on January 21st, 2017, when 30 students will be travelling to the University of Limerick for the National Indoor Rowing Competition.