Sporting Visitors

Atlantic Rower visits Priory Junior School!

Atlantic Rower, Ian Rowe, visited Priory Junior School, St Neots (April 16th ) as part of ‘The Great Priory Fitness Challenge’ event. Ian was able to tell the children all about his epic journey in attempting to row nearly three thousand miles in the world’s toughest rowing race. The day was all about trying something new and showing children that we all can achieve incredible things. The visit has inspired everyone at the school.

All of the children had their photograph taken with the James Cracknell’s and Ben Fogle’s successful Atlantic crossing rowing boat before participating in their sponsored event, completing an exercise circuit comprising of: sit ups, leg drives, press ups, star jumps and Harvard rowing squats. Altogether, the children totalled more than 20,000 repetitions of these exercises, an amazing achievement!

During the morning, children listened to a presentation from Ian Rowe, who talked about his attempt to cross the Atlantic in world record breaking time. Ian explained to the children how ordinary people can do incredible things and that we are doing these all of the time. He also described how difficult it was to Row the Atlantic as his crew pushed themselves physically, psychologically and emotionally to the limit but how rewarding an experience it was. He explained to the children how he had achieved so much despite his crew’s attempt coming to an end with 500 miles left when their boat capsized after hitting a giant wave.

Funds raised will go towards the refurbishing the school library.

The day was a great success and everyone has been motivated to achieve great things!