06:00PM, Saturday 26 June 2021
From left: Pedro Theriaga, Sanad Al Qahef Joshua Claassen, Jimmy Harlow and Aticus Chute.
Teams from The Windsor Boys’ School took part in the Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake in Eton over the weekend, and there was an extra special reason for the boys to feel pride in their appearance.
For the first time the team were wearing their new Pride rowing kits, sponsored by local Colnbrook company Grundon Waste Management, and show their support for June’s Pride month celebrations.
Mark Wilkinson, the school’s Director of Rowing, said: “As a boys' state school rowing club, I think the message we can put out in our support of Pride is very powerful, and I know it will give confidence to more boys to be themselves.
“We owe a huge thank you to Grundon for their very generous support and sponsorship of the Pride kits, which is both greatly appreciated and will allow more boys to be involved in this fantastic sport.”
Deputy Chairman, Neil Grundon, himself an old boy at the school, said: “This is a really great initiative, and the school should be commended for what they are doing to promote inclusivity. We were very happy to support them and wish them well in their rowing endeavours.”
The new kit sports the rainbow colours widely recognised as a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community.
Despite the lockdown challenges of the past year, the teams performed well at the regatta.
“For the school’s senior boys’ team (17-18-year-olds) and year 10 team (14-15-year-olds) this is one of the major events in the rowing calendar.”