Shirebrook duo clinch county rowing crown

Shirebrook students Cody Gascoyne (left) and Keegan Guy (right) were part of the school's triumphant county rowing team
Shirebrook students Cody Gascoyne (left) and Keegan Guy (right) were part of the school's triumphant county rowing team

Students took a raft of titles at the Derbyshire indoor rowing championships.

A team of teenagers, from Shirebrook Academy, showed they could beat all-comers at the Derbyshire Indoor Rowing Championships on Feburary 28, taking the Key Stage 3 Plus team rowing title.

Student Keegan Guy, 15, also won the Key Stage 4 Plus Individual race, while fellow student Connor Davis, 14, came second in the Key Stage 3 Individual event.

The aim of the competition was for each athlete to row their machines as fast as they could, with their efforts converted into the equivalent distance they would have covered if they were in a boat.

During the team events each competitor took it in turn to do a stint on the rowing machine - a task which required concentration and co-operation during the all-important changeovers.

The Shirebrook Plus team of Keegan, Cody Gascoyne, Jack Mather and Toby Harrison earned their place at the county finals after winning the North Derbyshire title and eventually came home 200m ahead of the next-placed rowers.

Shirebrook Academy PE teacher Jeremy Beecham said: “We are extremely proud of everyone who took part in what was a wonderful display.”

“Not only was it a great team effort, Connor gave an exceptional performance and only just missed out on the gold medal by just five metres, while Keegan simply blew the opposition out of the water.”