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National medal win for fledgling rowing team

Published on 15/12/16

A Norwich school rowing team has achieved national success less than 18 months after taking up the sport for the first time.

The indoor rowing team at The Hewett Academy is celebrating after bringing home bronze medals from the British Rowing Indoor Championships in London.

Travis Curtis (Year 7), Milana Voiitiukevic (Year 7), John Camara (Year 9), and Robert Voiitiukevic (Year 8) put in a strong performance to come third in the junior mixed relay event at the tournament, held on Saturday, December 10 at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, home of the London Olympic 2012 Velodrome.

They climbed the winners’ podium at the end of the day to cheers from the crowd as they received their medals.

The Hewett team’s success is a fantastic result for the school’s rowing academy, which launched just last year with the aim of rivalling the best rowing schools in the country.

The rowing academy began the search for its elite team members in September 2016, with students competing to get the best times and win a place on the school team.

Principal Tom Leverage said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for our students, who have gone from a standing start to national success in such a short period - and up against some of the top private schools in the country.

"We have always said that we have high aspirations and expectations of our students and this stunning performance shows just what can be achieved with the right tuition, encouragement, and determination.”