Coleraine Grammar School rowers in the medals at Carlow

The CGS squad pictured with Methody crew.
The CGS squad pictured with Methody crew.

A squad of 12 Coleraine Grammar School girls attended Carlow Regatta at the beginning of June returning home with 13 medals between them.

They won the junior 14 single scull, double scull and quadruple scull.

The squad in Carlow.

The squad in Carlow.

They also won the junior 15 quadruple scull and were unlucky in the junior 15 eight when a clash of oars during the race against Carlow scuppered their chances.

The girls met like-minded athletes from around Ireland on their way to this medal haul defeating crews from Dublin, Waterford, Kerry and Limerick.

On Saturday 11th June CGS Rowing Club hosted Portadown Boat Club for a fun day’s racing on the Bann.

Parents stepped up and provided an excellent barbeque for the 50 visiting Portadown athletes of all ages and abilities.

With the emphasis on the joys of rowing every single of the 139 athletes who took part in a race from the twelve year old boys and girls through to teachers and parents received a well-deserved rowing medal.

Everyone went home with big smiles and clutching a medal. I suspect most of the adults will continue to wear their medal for many weeks to come.

On Tuesday 21st June 2016 CGS rowers were delighted to accept an invitation to attend Methodist College Belfast for an invitation regatta.

Forty athletes travelled twenty boys and twenty girls. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day’s racing and we look forward to repaying the kind invitation by Methody in the September term.

This last event of the term was a great way to finish an enjoyable season with rowers traveling the length and breadth of Ireland from Limerick to Carlow flying the flag for CGS Rowing Club.

The Grammar School rowers have already shown their prowess this year with an excellent performance at the recent Belfast Sprint Regatta.

Some of the highlights included the junior fifteen ladies quadruple scull fighting valiantly to lose by a boat length to Bann RC in the final.

The Coleraine ladies invitational junior eight came up against rivals from Portadown who had beaten them a month previously, on this occasion in a race that went down to the wire Coleraine won by a distance of one foot.

The Grammar School girls making history by being the first girls crew to win a rowing event for the school. The junior fourteen ladies quadruple scull followed suit to win the final over Portadown. The boys not to be out done then won the junior fourteen quadruple scull final over Methody.