04:00PM, Thursday 23 May 2019
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The second May bank holiday will see more than 5,400 competitors take to the waters of Dorney Lake for the annual National Schools’ Regatta (NSR).
The event is the UK’s largest annual regatta for junior competitors from the ages of 14-18 and offers competitive six-lane rowing at the venue of the 2012 Olympic rowing events.
The event is run by the NSR, a charity committed to providing high quality regatta experiences for competitors, coaches and supporters.
The event, which begins on Friday and runs until Sunday, is run entirely by volunteers from the charity and Siobhan Cassidy, a committee member, believes it gives everyone the opportunity to get involved.
“The atmosphere is unbelievable,” she said. “The juniors get the chance to row 2,000m with people on either side cheering them on. It’s a really great atmosphere and a really good experience for the juniors.
“It’s done to provide the best possible rowing experience for all the juniors.
“The event has a festival atmosphere with 70 school and club marquees lining one bank.
“The cheers from the supporters encourages all the competitors and really makes the event special for everyone.”
Eighteen university boat clubs will also be present at the event, with members of Cambridge University presenting medals tomorrow, Oxford University on Saturday and University of London on Sunday.
The regatta shop will be selling t-shirts with all profits going back into junior rowing.
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