Seven lucky year six pupils were treated to sculling lessons on the River Teign today, learning how to manoeuvre these long thin craft through the water under the expert supervision of Rachel, Mark, Alan, Brian and Rachel from the club based at Coombe Cellars.
The children were quickly managing the boats either single-handedly in pairs or in fours and were lucky enough to receive coaching from a one-time Oxford Blue and Rachel who has sculled for England in the past. We were indeed in some pretty auspicious company! The coaches were impressed by the way the pupils took to instruction quickly and spotted at least two pupils with some very real potential for future Olympic teams.
When not on the water, pupils took part in team competitions on stationary rowing machines or did a quiz to test how well they had been listening. Everyone helped with moving the boats on and off the water, washing the boats down and ensuring that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time making more memories of these las few weeks together in primary school.
After the event, we walked back along the beach to school, enjoying this small stretch of the Templar Way and stopping off for a ten minute play in the park, full of chat and enthusiasm about the sculling and how it is different to rowing and sailing, but equally enjoyable.
Thanks to everyone at the club that helped to make this possible. What a great day we all had.