As a 'dry bob' at school (rugby, hockey and cricket), I have no right to pontificate about rowing. However, I recently met Sir Steve Redgrave at a Conference of the top boarding schools. Then Fred Scarlett, our home grown (Linacre 1988-1993) Olympic Gold medal winner at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, was at last Saturday’s very well-attended, delicious and fun King’s School Boat Club Dinner (see picture). I thought it would be helpful to pass on their thoughts about the effect rowing has had on their lives and what they felt about King’s rowing.
Both Sir Steve and Fred were very warm in their support and confident that the excellent work that Jon Williamson and the present rowing staff are undertaking will take King’s back to its former station as a leading and historic rowing school. They also both said that they came to rowing having not enjoyed any success in other sports and without any notable engagement with their subjects. Being part of rowing gave them confidence and belief in themselves. The thrill of top level sport - in the dramatic context of teams racing across water with intense effort and much exhilaration and pleasure - was in the combination of training, youth, fitness, luck and skill coming together in practices and regattas across their careers.
To me it all sounds like a winning formula and with the sense of the progress of the Boat Club last year, the momentum will tip now towards further success.
Peter Roberts, Headmaster
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