Dover student Kennedy Sylvester rows for Silver and Gold at National School Games final!
48 junior athletes recently competed in two teams for England North & England South at the National School Games Finals held at Loughborough University. This was the first year that Indoor Rowing was included as one of the eleven sports at the School Games and we are delighted to announce that Kent school boy, Kennedy Sylvester brought home a Gold and Silver medal. Kennedy a student at Dover Grammar School won Silver in the Year 9 individual Boys Race and also won team Gold in the mixed relay.
Kennedy will be representing the school again in the East Kent Qualifier in term 2 where he will hopefully qualify for the Kent School Games Finals later in the year. Similar success in these two events will put him in contention to represent England South again next Summer.
A delighted Kennedy said, “My experience at the School Games 2018 event was phenomenal. Even though I was participating in the Indoor Rowing event, which was new to the Games, I found the atmosphere electric. Having your name announced and then walking out on stage to a packed auditorium was, a once in a life-time opportunity and I will never forget it. The whole experience of racing against other teams from the rest of Great Britain and meeting other young athletes just like myself has made me want to train even harder so that I can get selected again next year.”
Steve White, Subject Leader of Physical Education at Dover Grammar School for Boys said, “We are extremely proud of Kennedy’s achievements at the National School Games. To win Gold and Silver medals having only taken up Indoor Rowing ten months earlier is testament to both his natural ability and hard work. He is DGSB’s first ever National representative at Indoor Rowing and hopefully his achievements will inspire many others to work hard at what they enjoy both inside and outside of the classroom.”
The Kent School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school-age athletes. At a local level, the Kent School Games and School Games are delivered by schools, governing bodies of sport, clubs, School Games Organisers, KCC’s Sport and Physical Activity Service (including the County Sports Partnership) and other local partners.