Biggest Ever Bann Boxing Day Races! - Dec 11

Biggest Ever Bann Boxing Day Races!

Bann rowers recorded a historic hatrick of Irish Championship wins in Cork last weekend.

Bann Rowers' Historic Hatrick - Aug 11

Bann Rowers' Historic Hatrick

Bann rowers recorded a historic hatrick of Irish Championship wins in Cork last weekend.

Champions at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - Jul 11

Champions at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Peter Chambers of Bann Rowing Club and Kieren Emery of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

The Bann Rowing Club

Biggest Ever Bann Boxing Day Races!

Biggest Ever Bann Boxing Day Races!

Bann's three great hopes for the London Olympics - Alan Campbell, Peter and Richard Chambers - took centre stage at this year's Bann's Boxing Day scratch races.

Tension mounted as the draw for the crews was made by club president, Bobbie Platt MBE, and to ensure complete fairness  it was all televised live by the BBC!

Captain Keith Leighton, who announced that 56 rowers made it their biggest ever Boxing Day regatta ever, thanked Cookstown for sponsoring the club and wished Alan, Richard and Peter the very best for the 2012 Olympics.

Alan, along with his very determined crew, was in the first race of the day.  After all that training and seven barren years in this historic event, would Alan, the newly crowned, king of the Boston scull trials, finally come good ?

Sure enough, after a tremendous tussle, Alan's crew were just pipped at the post. Next year, as - we hope - the reigning Olympic open weight single sculling champion, Alan has vowed to return and win 'the big one'".

It was left to Peter Chambers to take up the challenge and he sped down the course to easily qualify for the semi-finals. After Peter's swift elimination in his next race, however, it became obvious that's Bann's local developing talent was just too good!

The grand finale saw three magnificent crews of Bann's elite rowers, including veterans and ladies, along with a young ‘Inst' powerhouse, compete in an exhilarating race. After a dead level start, young stroke man Willy McCloskey's aggression, combined with Cox Lydia's Fleming's deadly accurate steering,  won the day.