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Sam Smith – my journey to be a rowing Champion

Hi Rowperfect My name is Sam Smith and I’m 16 years old and I row for Taunton Rowing … read more

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Hi Rowperfect

My name is Sam Smith and I’m 16 years old and I row for Taunton Rowing Club.  We row on the River Tone in the heart of Taunton town centre, Somerset.  We were originally Wimbleball Rowing Club.

We are a very small club of only 50 members and funding is hard!

The boat I row in at the moment is a Swift Elite for someone who is 85-110 kg.  It isn’t right for me at all as I only weigh 76 kg so I am extremely over boated.  The Swift is the only decent ‘raceworthy’ single skull at the club.

I started rowing in 2013 and had my first event in May 2014 where I won the J15 single.  Last season was my first full racing season  The events I have won since May 2014 are:-

  • Monmouth Regatta 2014 J15 single
  • Wimbleball Regatta 2014 J15 single, J15 mixed double
  • Dart Totnes Regatta 2014 men’s novice single
  • Gloucester Regatta 2014 J17 double
  • Monmouth Head IM3 double
  • Cardiff Head 2015 J16 single
  • Monmouth Regatta 2015 J16 single, J18 double (Saturday 23rd May)
  • Monmouth Regatta 2015 J16 double (Sunday 24th May)
  • Wimbleball Regatta 2015 J16 single (2nd/8)
  • Exeter Regatta 2015 J16 single (2nd/8)
  • Totness Regatta 2015 IM3 single (2nd/12), J16 single (2nd/12)

Next season I am competing at all the above events including National Schools and National Championships.  Also I will be trialling for GB Juniors.  I am currently in training for these events in 2016.

I am looking to purchase a Reverse Wing Wintech International single scull which costs £3,900 excluding VAT.

Wintech boats are beautiful – they are light, fast and VERY robust.

If anyone is willing to donate/sponsor me and help me fulfil my goal I will have your name displayed proudly on the side of my boat.

Hope you can help out.

Thanks

Sam (sammadsmith@hotmail.co.uk)

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