ROWING: TWO King's School sixth-formers have returned from the Munich Junior International Regatta with gold medals.
Patrick Greaney, 18, of Wrexham, stroked the GB eight to win gold in the B final, following in the wake of Tom James, another international sportsman who learned to row at The King's School before going on to stroke the GB eight in last year's Olympic Games and the Cambridge crew in the 2003 and 2005 Boat Races.
Nick Fearnhead, 17, of Mold, raced in the coxed fours event and won a hard-fought final, driving away from the German crew in the latter stages to win the gold medal.
Pat and Nick then raced in the coxless pairs, their school combination, recording the fastest GB time at the regatta. They are both aiming for places in the Junior World Championship team to compete in Brandenburg, Germany, in August.
King's School rowing is enjoying a golden period of success with a contingent forming in the senior national rowing squad.
King's provided two of only six places to go to British rowers in this year's Boat Race, James and cox Peter Rudge. Chris Bartley, who represented GB while still at school, has emerged from the Nottingham University team as a potential senior GB lightweight squad member, while fellow Nottingham student Olivia Whitlam, who started her rowing in the upper sixth at King's, attended an international development camp in Spain earlier in the year. nQueen's Park High School returned with medals from the Ball Cup regatta at Holling-worth Lake.
The first success came with the girls J13 quad of Bridie Collin, Alice Walton, Rosie Butters and Amy Jones (cox Kate Pilling), who were clear winners in their heat and final.
The boys J13 quad of Chris Thomas, Alex Ross, Joe Rowlands and Ozzie Ghobadi, coxed by Emily Collin, just lost their heat, but two of the rowers in a J13 double, Chris Thomas and Joe Rowlands, won their heat and scraped into the lead in a thrilling final.
The single scullers excelled with Marcus Adam (J14) winning his heat, semi-final and final by comfortable margins, Richard Harada (J18) won his final by a length and in the last race of the day, Amy Jones (J13) won her final. Out of the 13 schools taking part, QPH finished fifth overall.
The school also took medals at Shrewsbury Regatta, Richard Harada and Robert McWilliam winning J18 double sculls easily, and Amy Jones took the J13 sculls. nGrosvenor Rowing Club's Mark Devaney won novice sculls at Shrewsbury and Nick McDonald won veteran single sculls in the 36-42 age category.
The veteran men's eight of Jeremy Lush, Phil Hill, Tony Churchill, Ad Gideonse, Jeremy Perkins, John McMahon, Ian Tweedie, Paul Larby and Cox Dean Ratcliffe won in the 43-50 age category.
A multi-national women's novice eight of Angela Thompson, Kajsa Jeppson (Swedish), Maria Bermejo (Spanish), Claire Edwards, Maria Labedska (Polish), Caroline Holman, Jo Harding, Sarah Musgrove and Alex Churchill (cox) had their first win and father and daughter Tony and Alex Churchill had a double success, with Tony in the veteran eight and Alex coxing the novice women.