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24 June 2017

Charlotte Gains Place at Hartpury Rowing Academy

King’s College pupil Charlotte Enright has just won a place at the prestigious Hartpury Rowing Academy near Gloucester – an impressive achievement for somebody who only took up the sport four years ago.

Since then Charlotte’s whole family has become involved in rowing, with her Dad coaching and towing the boats.

Earlier this year Charlotte was selected to represent the western region in the J16 category. The team then qualified for the national finals.

At the end of April the team travelled to the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham for the Inter-Regional National Finals, where Charlotte’s team were second in their heat and qualified as one of the top six teams in the country for the A final.

The team performed brilliantly in the final, finishing fourth and only missing out on a bronze medal by a fraction of a second.

Charlotte then competed at the Evesham Regatta, winning the J16 event. As a result she was accepted into Hartpury College’s Rowing Academy. In the race that Charlotte won, she found herself competing against other girls who were also going for the scholarship.

The King’s rower said: “I am really excited and happy to have been awarded a scholarship to Hartpury. I found out about the rowing programme about a year ago and since then I have been working hard to achieve the criteria needed for acceptance.

“I needed to get a good 1k time on the erg (ergometer or indoor rower), my best time being 3.54 minutes. This meant lots of training ahead of me. Using the erg to perform interval training, each session would usually last about one hour and 30 minutes, with a typical session including 3 x 3 mins, 14 x 1 min, 6 x 500m, and 3 x 1000m. I had to complete three of these sessions a week and then send the results to my coach in Cornwall.

When I finally attended an assessment day at Hartpury, I completed a 1k row in my fastest time.”

In addition to her indoor training, Charlotte also trains on the water at weekends at Wimbleball Lake, which usually involves working on technique, such as starts.

As well as her rowing capabilities Charlotte is also a highly-talented athlete and represented Somerset at the All England Schools Championship in the high jump.

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