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  • Writer's pictureRyan Demaine

Wallingford Small Boats Head 2023:

On the 30th of September 2023, the Wallingford Small Boats Head set the stage for the first head race of the season.

This event is divided into three divisions, with J15s to J18s racing division 1 and 3, and J14s racing division 2 allowing Headington to showcase the depth of talent and determination among the Headington rowing community.

Division 1 Highlights:

In the opening division, the J16s to J18s raced over the 5km course. The Women's Junior 16 quad sculls took impressive 2nd, 6th, and 7th positions, while the Women's double sculls showcased resilience, securing 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th places.

The Women's singles category was a fiercely contested race, with placements ranging from 14th to 30th. This is significant because these J17 an J18 women were entered into a category reserved for University of U23 squad members.

A standout achievement was Isobel securing victory in the Women's Junior 17 single scull, an outstanding accomplishment among a highly competitive field.

Division 2 Highlights:

The afternoon saw the debut of the J14s, showcasing their mettle in their inaugural head race. The three quads put forth an impressive display, clinching 1st, 5th, and 6th positions. Their performance was a testament to their dedication and potential, setting a promising tone for their future in the sport.

Division 3 Highlights:

The third division marked the return of the Seniors and the 16s for another challenging 5km race. The Women's quad sculls had a strong performance, claiming 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The Women's Junior 18 double sculls placing 3rd, 12th, 14th and 15th.

And finally, the WJ16 1x placing 8th, 9th,10th, 12th, 19th, 23rd, 31st and 32nd

Overall Performance and Takeaways:

The day at Wallingford Small Boats Head proved to be a platform for Headington to exhibit strength and skill across all age groups.

The Wallingford Small Boats Head 2023 was a testament to the dedication and talent within the rowing community, setting a tone of excitement and anticipation for the races to follow.

  • Ali (Captain of Boats)

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