STAGING Northern Rowers do battle in Get Going, Get Rowing Grand Final - British Rowing

Northern Rowers do battle in Get Going, Get Rowing Grand Final

[newsimage=0]The North East’s top young Indoor Rowers battled it out in Durham yesterday (March 1st) in the Get Going, Get Rowing North East Grand Final.

Some 300 children had progressed from local and regional finals across Durham, Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear to reach the Grand Final, and a fierce day of racing saw some outstanding performances from the cream of the North East’s Indoor Rowers.


Baroness Hilary Armstrong was on hand to open the third annual final, which is the climax of The Tony Blaid Sports Foundation’s Get Going, Get Rowing – delivered in partnership with British Rowing, Concept2, NHS North East and Canoe England.

Amy McCarthy is one of many Get Going, Get Rowing success stories, having tried rowing for the first time through the scheme before winning the first North East Grand Final in 2009. Fast forward three years, and Amy once again finished top of the table – winning the Year 10 Girls event.

‘I’m ecstatic! I beat my personal best today, even though I’ve had tendonitis,’ she said. ‘My aim for this year is to go to the Indoor Rowing National Finals and International Finals. I went to the National Finals in Year 8 and was beaten to the gold medal by 1 metre so I’m determined to go back because I now know what I can turn that 1 metre into. I’ve been rowing outdoors too with my club, Tyne United Rowing Club, and went to the Peterborough Regatta last year where I won both my races. I’d like to go back this year too!’

Results will shortly be made available soon at

For more information about how to take part in Get Going, Get Rowing competitions, contact or call 0191 276 0640.