650 rowing crews from clubs and schools across the country travelled to the Molesey stretch of the River Thames to race at this year’s Hampton School Small Boats Head. The river conditions and the weather were both excellent, leading to many exciting performances from rowers over the 3000m course from Sunbury Lock to Hurst Park. Spectators made the most of the clear blue skies, as they lined the banks of the Thames to show their support for the junior oarsmen and women.
Hampton’s 28 crews performed well, with a gold medal for Kai Kelly and Alex Cresswell in the J17 double sculls event. There was also a strong performance from the J18 quad who came 5th out of 22 crews. In the J16 events, Theo Elliott was our top performer coming 7th out of 39 single sculls. The J15 rowers achieved two silver medals: Harry Oliver and Ewan Weaver in the double sculls coming 2nd out of 24 crews and the quad of Phillip Crawshaw, Ewan Weaver, Harry Oliver and Tom Cowley coxed by Abhay Bahl came 2nd from the 40 boats in their event. Overall, 11 Hampton crews finished in the top ten in their category.
Director of Rowing, Mr Colin Greenaway, praised the young oarsmen on their performances:
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The event was a great success, and I would like to thank the many volunteers who helped ensure this year’s HSBH could go ahead safely and be enjoyed by so many young rowers from across the country.
The standard of racing was excellent along with a very healthy level of friendly competitiveness on the water. It was especially rewarding to see so many crews from different clubs congratulating each other on their races and I am sure new friendships will have been made and respect among clubs strengthened.
Lastly and most importantly I would like to say how impressed all the officials were with all the rowers, they were impeccable in the way they managed themselves and supported each other during the day, they were a credit to themselves and the clubs and schools they represent.