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When Helen Glover and Heather Stanning became the first female British rowers to win an Olympic title, they opened the floodgates for an unprecedented nine medal tally for Team GB Rowing. 

Together with Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins’ gold in the Women’s Double Sculls, their remarkable performance also demonstrated how women can lead the way in one of the nation’s most successful sports. 

Consequently, rowing is now among the most popular sports in the UK and more girls than ever are eager to take part.

Opportunity and achievement

Happily, at Bedford Girls’ School, expert coaching, an ideal location and timetabled rowing lessons, means that we are able to make this aspiration a reality for girls in the Senior School, who are all given an opportunity to try out this uniquely demanding and rewarding sport. 

In consequence, the school is achieving ever-increasing success on the water at elite level and, thanks to a stunning victory over France, by Lottie Bruce and Robyn Armstrong, in July 2012, can now boast two British gold medalists of its own. 

In addition, several of our girls have had trials for the Junior Great Britain team and our boats are increasingly winning trophies and accolades at major UK regattas.  

After gaining a silver medal at the 2014 National Schools Regatta in May in the Women’s Junior Double Sculls event, Bedford Girls’ School Rowing Club qualified all of its crews for the Sunday of Henley Women’s regatta. Two crews made quarter finals and our Junior Double Scull of Robyn Armstrong and Lottie Bruce ended up winning the prestigious event.

In July 2014, Robyn and Lottie became British Champions in the Junior Double Sculls event and our Junior 16 coxed four of Gabriella Crawford, Jessica Crook, Hollie Muldownie, Olivia mason and Laura Goodship, who won bronze.

Holistic benefits

Camaraderie and team spirit is exceptionally high among Bedford Girls’ School rowers and these attributes translate directly into all other areas of life. Fantastic support from the Friends of Bedford Girls’ School Rowing Club helps to carry this sense of nurture and care into the wider world of competition and on into university and the workplace. Typically, our rowers will continue to row at university and are empowered by their success on the water to achieve personally, professionally and emotionally.

As well as testing the body to the maximum, rowing promotes teamwork, dedication, resilience, determination and friendship. It embodies the core values of Bedford Girls’ School and we are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive and successful girls’ rowing programmes in the country.

Our rowing staff also work extremely closely with academic teaching staff to ensure that girls are able to give their all in the classroom as well as on the water.

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