Adventure Learning News

Great Success for Launceston College Paddlers in 2019

Last weekend saw the final event in our paddling calendar for 2019. Our paddling squad travelled to Exeter to compete in the SW Kayak championships.  Paddlers competed in sprint races of 500m & 200m in the morning which saw great performances from Ollie Bath & Myles Redwood who finished in 3rd position and Archie Clarke & Monty Duncan-Adams who finished in 3rd, their performances led to a team win for Launceston College in the Sprint regatta.

In the afternoon the paddlers took on a marathon short course of 4miles, all participants performed really well and our girls crews of Sophie Gurr & Hannah Davey and Millie Hollidge & Clare Barriball came away with the team girls marathon trophy. A brilliant end to a highly successful season, this season has seen a stronger performance from Launceston College paddlers than any previous years.

It started with the Waterside series where we had new College records set for each of the four races, a third place series performance from Myles Redwood & Ollie Bath and a second place series win from Archie Clarke & Monty Duncan-Adams, these results along with other strong performances led to a series win for Launceston College who took home both the Junior team trophy and the Schools team trophies, an outstanding performance.

The series led us positively towards the Devizes to Westminster race which takes place over the Easter weekend and sees paddlers take on 125 miles and 77 portages over four days paddling from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster Bridge in the centre of London.  Our paddlers were stretched across the field, with three paddlers finishing in the top 15 which a brilliant achievement but also two of our crews is being the last across the finish line each day, for these crews they had to endure up to 9 and a half hours paddling each day and then get back on the water and repeat, not an easy task. The strength of character and determination demonstrated by all 8 crews to get to Westminster was inspiring. As a team we narrowly missed out winning the schools team trophy by only 2 minutes, frustratingly close, but still a brilliant performance. The team did come away with third place for the Junior teams trophy. Both of these achievements are even more impressive considering that we are the only state school that enter this race and are competing against very well-funded private schools and canoe clubs with the facilities and time to train a lot more than we are able to, our students get through on pure grit and determination and I couldn’t be more proud.

An exceptional season for our 2019 paddling squad.

Myles Redwood & Ollie Bath

Archie Clarke & Monty Duncan-Adams

Max Dinnis & Tom Barriball

Jack Baker & Harvey Aldridge

Tom Jewell & Charlie Waters

Talan Skerry & Ryan Xulu

Hannah Davey & Millie Hollidge

Sophie Gurr & Clare Barriball