The Annual Boat Club dinner at the start of the new academic year celebrated the school’s rowing achievements in the company of staff, pupils, parents and the “Pilgrims” – the OKS rowers – who this year managed to boat two ‘Eights’ at Westbere Lake during the afternoon.
The Club has achieved some notable successes with highlights being Gold medals won at Ghent International Regatta, National Schools and the British Junior Rowing Championships. The Club competed at Henley Royal Regatta in both Mens’ and Womens’ events, and the season was capped off by the Wingfield twins – Tom and Ian – representing Great Britain Under 16s in Paris against France, and returning across the Channel with a Gold medal each.
Pilgrims that attended the dinner were led by the young OKS quartet of Harry Nichols, Angus Forbes, Freddie Allinson and Helena Barton who spoke about their rowing experiences beyond King’s. They were supported by fellow Pilgrims such as Ewan Pearson, Darrell Barnes, Nick Prince, Ben Loxton-Edwards, Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Kieron Allen, Joe Phillips, Charlie Foinette and Charles Heisse to name but a few.
The Pilgrims, with their typical generosity, initiated a new Award to support aspiring GB athletes, Tom and Ian Wingfield being the first recipients. The retiring Captains and new Pilgrims, Tilly Abbott and Wills Edgar, thanked the coaches and relived a couple of their own school rowing moments.
The new season has already begun in style. The Boat Club topped the table at the local Maidstone Head with both the Pilgrims and the School Boys’ Four and Girls’ Quad being the fastest boats of the day.
October will see the boys Eight racing at Rouen, while the Shells race Octos at the Sculling Head.
With a record number of pupils opting for rowing as their sport this term, the King’s Boat Club is definitely going places!
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