16th December 2019 — Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools clinched the Victor Ludorum cup at the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships.
The rowers at Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls took the overall schools' prize after winning the highest number of medals throughout the day.
One of the highlights for the boys was the achievement of Hamish Lawson, J17, who set a new record after beating last year's stroke of the 1st VIII, Iwan Hadfield, who was a commentator at the event.
Hamish Lawson, Rui De Sousa Stayton and Angus Whitehead achieved a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the J17s, while Roan Herbert, J18, stormed to gold.
The J15s narrowly missed out on a medal in a five-minute row but hit back to secure silver in the team event.
The J16s put in good performances, setting new personal-best times on a 2000m ergometer test which, during winter training, is a good sign of fast times to come.
For the girls, Ellie Emes set a new national record, winning gold in the J14 category, while Verena Sebald also notched a gold medal in the J18 category against girls a year older than her.
Ailsa Whitehead and Sasha Baldwin clinched silver medals in the J12 and J17 categories respectively, and the J16 team also soared to a silver medal, smashing the previous record.
The two J14 girls’ teams won bronze and silver medals, while J15/16 mixed team also performed impressively, coming home with a bronze medal.