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Rowing: Bournemouth takes bronze at National Schools’ Regatta

Four Bournemouth rowers, representing Bournemouth Rowing Club and Harewood College, managed to pick up bronze at the National Schools’ Regatta held on Sunday May 28.

As the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain, this world-class event attracts clubs and schools from all-over the United Kingdom. So the Bournemouth rowers – Nathan Prowles, Tom Cave, Ben Chesterman and Charlie Ranson, along with cox Alex Sturney – would face stiff competition from some of the UK’s leading junior competitors.

After putting in a fantastic performance to qualify for the J16 4+ A final, Bournemouth’s junior crew were set to race for the Arundel Cup against clubs including Kinston RC and Walton RC, and schools including Norwich School and Winchester College.

With a hard fought row to hold off opposition from Monmouth and St. Edward’s School, the Bournemouth based rowers finished third to pick up the bronze medal position, just 3 seconds behind silver medallists Kinston RC and 5 seconds behind winners Norwich School. An astonishing result considering this is the first time the club and school has been represented at this event.

Coach Alvin Ranson, who has dedicated his time to building the junior squad at Bournemouth Rowing Club and forging links with local schools to provide rowing opportunities for young adults in the area, said: “The crew executed the race plan to perfection.

“This is a huge achievement for the club, the school and the boys themselves, and is testament to all the hard work they have put in.

“We’re delighted with the result and look forward to taking on more junior rowers to offer them similar opportunities.”

Once again, Bournemouth Rowing Club would like to congratulate coach Alvin Ranson and the J16 rowers on their continued success.

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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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