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Maidenhead Rowing Club juniors had a hugely successful weekend at the National Schools Regatta held in Nottingham from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, winning a huge total of nine medals and turning in a number of other fine performances.
 
This is the largest and considered by many to be the most competitive junior regatta of the year, with many dozens of clubs and schools and well over a thousand competitors participating over three days with races every six minutes over nine hours on the Friday and over eleven hours on Friday and Saturday.
All Friday events, mainly for younger crews, were raced on a 1000m course and all Saturday and Sunday events were over 2000m.

For all events with more than 12 entrants, a time trial was held to determine the boats going forward to the semi-finals. In events with very large entries, 18 time trial qualifiers raced again in three six-boat semi-finals with the first two from each semi-final progressing to the final. In other events, 12 boats progressed to two semi-finals from which the first three progressed to the final.

Overall, the club finished 7th out of 68 clubs and schools in the medal table, with the equal second highest overall number of medals. Lola Harris - easily our smallest competitor - came home with a remarkable three medals after rowing on Friday and coxing on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
James Hanson, club captain commented: "Our Maidenhead juniors did themselves and our club proud this weekend. Through hard work and perseverance they produced fantastic results from both the girls and boys squads. A special mention should go to all our volunteer coaches of which all work tirelessly to make our juniors great and which are priceless to our club."

 This weekend saw Maidenhead Juniors take to Nottingham like a bunch of magpies! This year, our medal haul was made up of an impressive 2 GOLDS, 6 SILVERS and 1 BRONZE! We also had 2 crews in finals, and 5 semi-finalists, meaning that EVERYONE who entered this tough event qualified from the time trial. Our results show a massive step up in performance from the 3 silvers that were won last year. For a club with a small group of talented juniors we were thrilled to be placed 7th out of 68 clubs in the medals table.

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The past few weeks have seen a string of successful events for the Maidenhead Juniors, internationally, regionally and locally!

On Saturday 24th April, fourteen Maidenhead Rowing Club junior squad members travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Regatta representing the Thames Upriver region against the 11 other British Rowing regions.

The four Maidenhead crews had qualified to represent the region following tough selection trials held at Dorney Lake in March.

The event is run on a points basis with two six-boat heats in each age/boat category racing over 1500m. From the heats, crews qualified either for the 'A' or 'B' finals with 12 points awarded for the winners of the 'A' final all the way down to 1 point for last place in the 'B' final. In addition, medals were awarded for the first three places in the 'A' final.

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A local protein drinks company based in Maidenhead has chosen to support the club by branding a junior boys Hudson racing boat. UFIT is a protein-rich drink created by The Protein Drinks Company and their Commercial Director Austin Bailey said, "We're very happy to be supporting our local sporting community and putting something back into Maidenhead"

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