Owen Beswick first showed his interest in rowing in 2018 when he decided to turn up to the after-school club at Perins School in Hampshire. Three years later and Owen has now broken a record by winning three consecutive NJIRC gold medals and looking to make it four in a row in 2022.

After showing up initially just to give rowing a try at his after-school club back in 2018, Owen was then selected to represent the school at the Hampshire Indoor Rowing Championships. It became immediately apparent that despite being new to the sport, he was in a class of his own as he left his competition hundreds of meters behind him.

 

After the impressive showing Owen decided to increase his training, with a firm focus on finishing high at his first ever National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships the next year, in 2019, at The Copper Box Arena in London.

The training and dedication paid off handsomely. Owen had another impressive race, beating his score from the Hampshire Indoors and ultimately won the gold medal by 17m. Owen would be Perins School’s first ever gold medallist at the event.

Sadly in 2020, the Hampshire event that once being cancelled but Owen was still able to compete at the NJIRC ’20 – the last event on the rowing calendar to be held live before the coronavirus pandemic set in. With Owen’s coach was unable able to take Owen to the event, due to self-isolating from Covid-19, but he was in continuous communication with another member of staff who took him, anxiously waiting to hear the results. Despite this Owen delivered in magnificent style with another dominating result bringing home the gold medal for the second year running.

Recognising his burgeoning talent Owen spent the last year increasing his training workload despite the lockdown, due to having a rowing machine at home. As NJIRC became a virtual event this year, the format was in fact expanded to become one of the largest indoor rowing events ever - with over 4,100 participants!

With the virtual format allowing more competition than ever the stakes had never been higher for Owen. Regardless he completed his 5-minute race in the same school gym where his journey began back in 2018, this time his coach there with him in full support. He raced against over 200 students in his category and completed the race with a score of 1546m, beating 2nd place by 36m.

London Youth Rowing would like to congratulate Owen’s remarkable performance for a third year running and wish him all the best with his continued domination in 2022 back at the Copperbox, as he goes for gold for the 4th year in a row!