How it feels to win

May 31, 2018

 

"...You can’t just fluke it.."

    

 

 With the next RowLeeds Indoor Champs taking place on the 20th June, we met with two of the winning competitors from February's event to hear about their experience. Want to get involved this June? Registration is open and team changes can be made up to 15th so get in touch to secure your place now: rowuk.co.uk/rowleedsindoorchamps

 

Don't have any rowers? Josh wasn’t part of the rowing club, but he was in the second row in rugby and he got selected because he’s the tallest in his year group. He won his race! Why not give some of your pupils a chance to try a new sport, and perhaps go home with a medal. 

Name: Josh

Age: 14 

Year Group; 9

Place at the Champs: 1st

 

 

What was it like competing at the RowLeeds Indoor Rowing Champs?

I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great with everyone shouting at you. Best part was going with friends and for Morley Academy to dominate on the day.

 

What was your favourite thing about the day?

Just seeing everyone there cheering and screaming for each other. It was the first time I reperesented my school in sport and I was really proud to be selected and to do well!

 

How did you feel before your race?

Really nervous. The fact that it was my first time, I didn’t know what to expect.

 

How did you feel after your race?

Really excited that I won something. Really proud of myself. My legs and forearms really hurt and I had to dig deep. The pain was okay though – I don’t mind hurting myself. I was surprised to find myself in the lead though so I thought, “No way I’m letting them come past me now!”

 

Can you sum up the day in 3 words?

Exciting, enjoyable, fun.

 

What are your goals for the next Championships in June?

1st again!

 

 

Name: Heidi

Age: 14 

Year Group; 9

Place at the Champs: 1st

 

 

What was it like competing at the RowLeeds Indoor Rowing Champs ?

Very hard. It was my first time. Normally I do team sports. It was a really different experience to other sports.

 

What was your favourite thing about the day?

The team relay. Everyone’s dead competitive. The older kids take responsibility for the group but the younger ones really count too. I was just in the middle.

 

How did you feel before your race?

Really nervous. I get nervous for everything but this was new. I don’t like losing but my teacher told me nerves were a positive thing.

 

How did you feel after your race?

It felt like the race lasted for ages. I’m pleased I won but I didn’t realise how hard it would be. Mainly it was just a relief to win.

 

Can you sum up the day in 3 words?

Really hard. Fun!

 

What are your goals for the next Championships in June?

I want to come first again and I want to get go a further distance this time. Those Ruth Gorse girls are coming back and I want to make sure I beat them.

 

Why do you like rowing?

I like that you have got to train and you’ve got to have good technique. That’s what counts. You can’t just fluke it.

 

What’s it like being a part of the Indoor Rowing club?

I got selected before I joined the club but I’m going to do it more now.

 

​Register your school for the June 20th now: June Indoor Champs Registration Form

Read more about the RowLeeds Indoor Programme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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