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Sir William Borlase's reclaim Fawley Challenge Cup
5:07pm Monday 7th July 2014 in Sport
SIR William Borlase’s Grammar School reclaimed the Fawley Challenge Cup at the Henley Regatta this weekend.
They beat Windsor in the Junior Men’s Quad final to make up for the disappointment of losing to Marlow Rowing Club in last year’s final, when they were defending champions.
The crew of Rufus Biggs (16 yrs), Chris Lawrie (17 yrs), Angus Warren (18 yrs) and Fraser Russell (17 yrs) won it by just under three lengths.
Headmaster Dr Peter Holding said: “The whole school community is celebrating this wonderful success. “This has been an outstanding year for Borlase rowing, and to win Henley for the second time in three years is an outstanding end to the year. “All four boys and their coach have worked tirelessly towards this achievement for many months and we are very proud of them all.
“Henley is one of the top events for rowers from around the world, and it provides a great showcase for the school's rowing programme.
“It shows just how much can be achieved through dedication and hard work, and the governors and the school are determined to build even further on this success in the future.”
Sir William Borlase’s is one of the few grammar schools in the country offering rowing.
Six their U16s have already been selected for GB against France next week while three of the four who won at Henley will compete in GB junior trials this weekend.
Meanwhile, director of rowing Robin Dowell said: “The squad of boys that achieved this year’s win are testament to hard work, commitment and tenacity.
“It has been a fantastic season where we have all learnt how to get the best from one another.
“I am incredibly proud of the Henley win but also the manner in which it was achieved.”