A GROUP of 40 King’s Ely Senior and International students attended the annual Ball Cup Sprint Regatta on the Olympic course in London last week.
There were some outstanding individual performances. Emily Moore dominated her heat with long and effective rowing, and produced the performance of the day by storming out of the blocks to win the final in tough conditions. Rahera Greatrex and Holly Lancaster also won gold with a great performance, dominating their heat and then the final.
Christina Fialova and Emma Tarshish produced a Leicester City style performance in the J18. They scraped into the final after a terrible heat and were last out of the blocks, but an impressive recovery saw them shifting through the field and ending up half a length off the gold at the finish – a brilliant result, especially as this is Emma’s second ever race.
A number of other rowers won silver or bronze on a very successful day for King’s Ely rowing. Unfortunately, high winds made the course unsafe for some events to run, so a large portion of the group did not get to race.
Mark Beer, Head of Rowing at King’s Ely, remarked: “It was great to see this dynamic and energetic squad of student-athletes getting out and racing on the London Olympic course. It’s always going to be tough and tight racing over a short course in challenging conditions. There were some fantastic races and it was really pleasing to see all the hard work done in training begin to pay off for our students.”