Rowers’ efforts are rewarded at games


YOUNGSTERS from North Tyneside took home a host of medals after an afternoon at the School Games indoor rowing finals.

In total, borough students in Year 7 to Year 11, won five gold medals across a mixture of individual and team relay events, as well as a silver medal and a bronze medal.

More than 50 schools, from across Tyne and Wear, were represented at the event, which was part of the Sainsbury’s School Games.

Fourteen-year-old Whitley Bay High School pupil Alexander Booth was one of the gold medal winners.

“I really enjoy the School Games because they’re a bit like the Olympics,” he said.

“The event brings people together from all the different schools across a really large area and there’s a great sense of friendship but also competition.

“I took part in the rowing event last year where I reached the regional finals and finished in first place.

“I then went on to the national final and I also won that.

“I loved taking part and couldn’t wait to do it all again this year.”

Fellow pupil Joe Johnson, 14, added “What I really enjoy about the School Games events is being with my mates.

“You can have a good time and a good laugh while doing something you enjoy.”

Games co-ordinator Claire Elliott said: “The School Games are part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and the aim is to give every pupil the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

“The rowing event was a great success and a fun day was had by all.