BRIC 2022 Report

Following the cancellation of the 2022 British Indoor Rowing Championships, British Rowing put on a weeklong competition from the 5th – 10th of December where rowers from all over the country could compete in a virtual British Indoor Championship. With permission from British rowing, we opened this up to all the students within the rowing program of The GORSE Academy Trust Boat Club (TGBC). We are awarding 2 prizes, the first of which goes to the academy that could complete the most meters over the week with students completing their 2–5-minute test. The second competition was more individual in nature to see which students could come in the top 3 in their age and gender class.

Over 2000 students nationally took part and I am pleased to let you know that we have smashed our previous BRIC record at the event coming home (virtually) with 11 medals, the breakdown of medalists can be seen below.

In the “total distance” competition BSA took a huge lead by Wednesday of over 200,000m to the next academy. But BA suddenly jumped into action clocking huge numbers every hour to close the gap down. Results are as follows;

On top of these amazing results, we can announce that Oliver Burrows of BA has won the PR2 (Paralympic rowing classification for people with trunk and arm function) event and in the process set a new British and World Record. We are waiting for confirmation of this from Concept 2 rowing regarding the World Record.

This is another great step forward for the programme and more importantly our first step of the season towards our dominance at NJIRC 2023, which we will be co-hosting up here in Leeds with the charity London Youth Rowing.

As ever a huge thank you to all the teaching staff who continually provide invaluable support with running the programme.

Mathew Paul

Director of Rowing