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Cheney School

Year 9

Emily

I started rowing in Year 7 as it looked really fun to be on the river. This year I have competed at Gloucester Head in the octuple where we beat both teams from Cheltenham Boys with our mixed team. I also won a bronze medal in the Year 8 team at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in the junior relay as well as winning the Oxfordshire Schools Tournament which Cheney have won for the last two years.

I am also a Sports Captain, and we are currently trying to improve the PE kit for the school, so we look smarter when we go out to compete. Currently, we are designing a survey to find out students views.

Before I started here, I liked sports but I wasn’t that confident at them. Here at Cheney they have such a wide variety of sports and activities to choose from you can always find something that you can be good at. I wouldn’t have had the chance to try rowing if I hadn’t come here. Being a rower makes you determined, and not afraid of hard work. You have to train in all weathers, and it’s not just about racing – you have to lift and take the boats apart and build them again when you go to compete. It’s made me a team player, having to work together to achieve something, and I’m also more organised too as I have to get my homework done on time to fit everything in.