By Owen Vanstone-Hallam:
KCLâ€™s rowers have been celebrating a successful year on the water and looking forward to another year of racing.
The womenâ€™s squad claimed victories at Quintin Head, UH Head and Womenâ€™s Eights Head of the River. At Womenâ€™s Head the first eight dug deep to claim a win in the Novice Academic category, setting a new course record in the process. The crew was delighted by the result, with captain Sarah-Beth Amos praising the girlsâ€™ preparation and commitment; â€œEvery girl in the boat learned to row at Kingâ€™s, so it shows what can be achievedâ€, she said. Meanwhile the second VIII showed great potential in coming 199th out of over 300 crews from across the country.
The menâ€™s winter season was no less dramatic, though sadly their campaign was hampered by the weather the tidal Thames threw at them. Both crews battled against stormy conditions at Hammersmith Head in March, with the second eight coming out slightly worse off. Unfortunately a fortnight later the Head of the River was cancelled owing to even worse conditions. Although they were disappointed, the boys knew their training would put them in good stead for the upcoming regattas.
BUCS Regatta saw 6 KCL crews enter over the May bank holiday weekend. All of the crews posted good results, with the womenâ€™s first eight placing 16th and the menâ€™s four placing 10th in their events. The beginner crews showed how well the clubâ€™s new rowers have developed, as the womenâ€™s beginner four came 10th and the womenâ€™s and menâ€™s eights placed 15th and 22nd respectively against tough competition.
The club looks to continue to represent the Kingâ€™s at the highest level. We are looking forward to welcoming new freshers in September. If you are interested in rowing for Kingâ€™s, please visit our website theboatclub.org.uk for further details or look out for us at the fresherâ€™s fair!