September 24 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 7°C

Five-day forecast

Students gifted chance to try out Olympic facilities

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Pupils from Stepney Green School in Tower Hamlets were gifted the chance to meet Britain’s most successful Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave, CBE, after taking part in the EDF Community Rowing Challenge last week.

The challenge culminated in a regatta race at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, where the Olympic Games rowing events will take place, with Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most successful female rower, and Paralympic rowing champion Tom Aggar, also in attendance.

Along with Stepney Green, students from Cardinal Pole (Hackney), Royal Liberty (Havering), Palmer Catholic Academy (Redbridge), and Connaught (Waltham Forest) schools also took part in the final.

Royal Liberty School won the overall challenge, but Martin Smith, head of PE at Stepney Green, was proud of how his pupils competed and how far they had developed as rowers.

“It’s remarkable how much our pupils have achieved in such a short space of time,” he said.

“We’ve seen them develop into confident, talented rowers, ready to take on quite a daunting challenge.

“Working with the likes of Tom Aggar has truly inspired them to fulfil their ambitions – in sport, at school or in life in general.”

However, it wasn’t just the pupils’ teacher who was proud of Stepney Green’s efforts, it was the students too.

“I feel really proud of myself to have rowed at the London 2012 venue,” said 15-year-old Shah Ziaur Rahman.

“We didn’t think we could do it but we have and it was so much fun.

“I can now tell all my friends that I rowed at the same place where Olympic athletes will race in London 2012 – not many people can say that!”

Latest London sports news

Share this article

submit to reddit submit to Fark

0 comments

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.

Quizzes

Other Sport Articles