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Northampton School for Boys

Northampton School for Boys

Festival of Indoor Rowing 2022

Due to the cancellation of the British Rowing Indoor Championships, British Rowing organised a “Festival of Indoor Rowing” in its place, where a series of events and an online league took place between the 5th – 10th December. This allowed indoor rowers to compete to beat personal best performances in a range of events. As boys had been training for the cancelled event, entries were made to compete in the Festival in the 1 minute sprint, 500m and timed races for their respective age groups.

Of the fourteen boys who participated, some took part in a single event, others doubled up and four boys raced in three different races, competing for gold, silver and bronze medals. Results were impressive with twelve 1st, six 2nd and three 3rd places, with others just finishing off the podium.

The highlight of the week was Michael Graham competing in the 500m. Earlier in the season he had broken the British Record in the 12 and under age category, but this time he went one better and set a new World Record with a time of 1:29.5s. This improved the WR by 0.6s, previously set in 2017 by an indoor rower from the USA. This formed part of a triple success for Michael.

Other notable performances came from Ben Evans securing three gold medals, while George Tonga’uiha and Max Roper both achieved two golds.

Overall, the boys should be proud of their achievements and have earned a well deserved break until after the holidays. Next term, the focus is on the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships with a block of eight weeks training leading up to the championships.

It is not too late for boys to push for a place in the team but places are limited and regular attendance to training is essential.

Individual events range from Year 7 to Sixth Form and Junior (Yr7-9) and Senior (Yr10-13) team relays.

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Age Group




Sixth Form



1 minute

Ben Evans

       1st       6:51.2s

       1st       1:21.7s

       1st=     383m

1 minute

Sonny Tonga’uiha

       2nd      356m

Year 11


1 minute

Will Hunter

       3rd       1:33.1s

       2nd       333m

Year 10


1 minute

George Tonga’uiha

       1st       1:27.7s

       1st       362m


1 minute

Mario Vasconcellos-Blanch

       4th      1:37.3s

       2nd      328m


1 minute

Reece Gratsa-Smith

       4th      299m

Year 9


1 minute

Harry Benson

       1st      1:45.2s

       2nd     312m

1 minute

Oliver Vasconcellos-Blanch

       3rd      310m

Year 8

3 minutes

1 minute


Michael Graham

       1st      888m

       1st      345m

       1st      1:29.5s


1 minute

Fin Underwood

       4th     285m

Year 7

2 minutes

1 minute

Max Roper

       1st      531m

       1st      284m

2 minutes


1 minute

Fraser McKenzie

       12th   481m

       1st     2:06.0s

       2nd     247m

2 minutes


1 minute

Will Brightman

       47th   451m

       2nd     2:10.2s

       3rd     242m

1 minute

Aaryan Sidhu

       4th     232m

 Mr White

Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
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