Indoor Rowing 2017:


National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2017

Following another excellent set of curriculum rowing lessons finishing with a very successful interhouse rowing competition we decided to enter the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships for the second time. The event took place on 17th March 2017 at the Lea Valley athletics centre on the outskirts of London.  Over 2000 pupils took part, travelling from all over the country.

In the build up our year 8 pupils trained extremely hard using free time at lunch and after school to build their stamina and prepare for the gruelling 3 minutes individual row and the 2000m team relays. This good preparation paid off with all individuals performing extremely well in their races, as can be seen from the results below:





A fantastic day was had by staff and pupils and there is no doubt that this will be an event we look to enter in future years. Taking part in competition at this level definitely helped the pupils involved to beat all other teams in the Redditch District Competition and be crowned district champions!




Midlands Indoor Rowing Championships

With the decision made to carry on the Birchensale Rowing Team with a group of Year 9 pupils from Arrowvale and Trinity High Schools we were on the lookout for more competitions to enter.  On Sunday 2nd April 4 Year 9 pupils and 1 Year 8 attended the event at the University of Birmingham.  All pupils involved performed brilliantly holding their own against rowers who were all members of rowing clubs!  The results below speak for themselves:

Boys 3min row – 187 Competitors

Winner 887m

Izhaar Warsi  21st 805m

Suraan Muhammad  34th 785

Safyan Ishtiaq  38th 776

Edvinas Salna  42nd 766

Boys 2000m Relay – 75 entries

Winner 6.15

Birchensale 21st 7.05

Girls 3min row – 252 Competitors

Winner 805m

Libby Browning  13th 755m

Charlotte Laing  26th 735m

Tyra Parchment  81st 688m

Grace Taylor 79th 690m

Olivia Heighway 123rd 666m

Girls 2000m Relay – 86 entries

Winner 6.59

Birchensale Year 8/9 10th 7.28

Birchensale Year 8 15th 7.39


Year 8 Girls – 3min row

Libby Browning – 1st 765m


Year 9 Girls – 4min row

Winner 1054

Omega Miles (Arrowvale)               8th 990m

Dagmara Tuchowska (Trinity)       12th 956

Amber Martin (Trinity)                  14th 940

Redditch District Competitions:

1st in year 5, 6, 7, and 8 team events

Year 5 Girls Winner – Brooke Stanton

Year 5 Boys Winner – Joseph Turnbull

Year 6 Girls Winner – Sophie Fitzpatrick

Year 6 Boys Winner – Dave Bulley

Year 7 Girls Winner – Aleah Cameron-Dawson

Year 8 Girls Winner – Libby Browning