By Sarah Watson
The World Rowing indoor sprints is an event organised in conjunction with Concept 2 that took place between the 10th and 12th of March. The event is a virtual indoor championship, which rowers from all over the world took part in, aiming to get the quickest time they possibly could over 1000 metres.
For the men, there were impressive times for the heavyweights, with 19 year old Neil Gibbon achieving a time of 3:06.5, placing him 47th out of the 391 entries, despite being at the lower end of his age category (19-29 years). Gibbon was also the 5th fastest entry from Britain and the second-fastest British entry in his age category. Also Damen Sanderson placed 81st out of 404 in his category (30-39 years). For the Lightweight men, David Chinn had an impressive row finishing 22nd in his age category, and Tim Jeffries-Harris finished 62nd in his.
15 year old James Toynton came top of the Peterborough junior men with a time of 3:17.1, finishing 60th out of the 626 entries in the (13-18 years) category. The younger rowers Matthew Hand and Devonn Pickover had outstanding rows, placing 21st and 22nd in the 12 years category, out of the 161 entries.
There were also great performances from the women in the lightweight category, with Hayley Shipton achieving 17th place out of 103, in the (19-29) age category, and llektra Apostulidou finishing 13th in her category (30-39 years). For the heavyweights, Louise Dybell finished 29th out of 169 in her age category, and Helen Grifiths finished 52nd out of 184 in hers.
The junior women’s scores were very successful, with 5 girls finishing within the top 50 out of the 293 entries. 16 year old Molly Hudson got the quickest time of 3:44.4 finishing in 17th place, followed by fellow J16 Libby Jarvis who finished in 19th.
Juniors were also smashing it on the ergos the following week at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Competition in London. James Toynton took away a bronze medal after his outstanding performance in the year 10 boys event, which overall had 149 competitors. Benjamin Mackenzie also did very well to come in the top 10, placing 7th out of 48 in the year 11 boys event. Year 11 girl Hannah Bassett came 22nd out of 72, finishing just 4 metres ahead of team mate Georgina Parker, who finished 26th. Also Leah Dennis had a good row in the year 10 girls event, finishing 44th out of 150.