What's on News and media Our blog London Youth Games First Timers LYR helped run the London Youth Games on-water regatta last month. Shenay, Anne, Joanna and Fatouma raced for team Lewisham. They are all in Year 8 and were racing on the water for the first time. Despite being a bit nervous about getting out there and competing they were really looking forward to it. Shenay said, ‘I’m really excited. I’ve been doing some indoor rowing at school, but this is a great chance to try something new.’ They all understood the importance of keeping active, with rowing being just one of the sports and activities they do at school. They said they really like the different ways rowing challenges you and gets you fit, as well as giving them the chance to work together as a team. Do you picture yourself in a boat one day? Learn-to-row with London Youth Rowing this summer. Shenay, Anne, Joanna and Fatouma Tom and Jack competed for team Hammersmith and Fulham. It was Tom’s first time at the regatta, while it was Jack’s second. Jack was really excited to try and better his performance from last year when he was disappointed with his last place in the time trial, and this year was competing for the win! While Tom said he was just keen to try something new and has been encouraged by his PE teacher to give it a go. Both of them started rowing in school on the indoor rowing machines and were initially nervous to try on-water rowing. But Jack said, ‘I’m used to it now, and it’s really fun. We go to Fulham Reach boat club during PE lessons each week and I feel like I’m doing so much more exercise that before.’ Do you picture yourself coaching budding rowers one day? Register your interest in our Apprenticeship coaching programme. Tom and Jack Antonio raced for team Hounslow. He was motivated to get on the water after racing at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships. He represented the Sea Cadets at the event in 2015 and came 14th overall without even training! Then, in 2016 he climbed the ranks to 3rd and in 2017 came in 7th. He joined Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club shortly after competing this year, after LYR pointed him in the right direction. ‘Being a rower has boosted my confidence, increased my physical fitness and is so much fun,’ said Antonio. ‘If there’s something I think I can’t do, I know how to push myself and overcome obstacles now.’ Antonio Stay tuned for updates from the London Youth Games, indoor rowing regatta on July 8th 2017, inspiring more young people from all over London to get fit and try a new challenge too!