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FOUR teenagers from Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay have reached the regional finals of a rowing competition.

Alexander Booth, Harriet Todd and Hollie Fletcher, all 13, and 12-year-old Jason Taylor will compete in the next stage of the competition at Stockton on Tees this Thursday after getting through the Tyne & Wear finals at Northumbria University.

Alexander, Hollie and Harriet had to row as far as they could in three minutes, while Jason had to row as far as he could in two minutes and all four made it through the competition.

In addition to the success on the day, Alexander also broke a record, rowing 858 over the three minute period.

Alexander spoke to News Guardian TV about the success of the rowing competition and what he was looking forward too about the regional finals this week.