Eton Excelsior's flying Finn takes gold at British Rowing Indoor Championships

For the second consecutive year, Finn Arikkala took gold in his category at the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) on Saturday.

The Eton Excelsior rower’s achievement follows a recent new Welsh indoor record set in Cardiff on November 24 and gold medal wins at the South of England Indoor Rowing Championships.

Finn started rowing at the age of 11 and joined Eton Excelsior last year.

The BRICs were held at the Lee Valley Velodrome at the Olympic Park in London and played host to 2,450 competitors – making it the largest event of its kind in the world. Adult competitors row the Olympic distance of 2,000m while junior competitors take part in shorter time-based events.  

Also competing for Eton Excelsior was Neil Wincomb, 44, who came 10th in the men’s 40-49 age category, smashing his personal best in the process.

Eton Excelsior’s Club Captain Rachel Smillie, said: “We are so proud of what both Finn and Neil have achieved. Finn, a young and incredibly talented rower has the potential to reach the very highest level in the sport.

“And Neil, who started rowing just 18 months ago, has shown that anybody can take up rowing as an adult and excel in the sport. We couldn’t be more pleased for them both.”