College names latest addition to fleet after former student

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Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College has officially unveiled its new rowing boat, named after a former student and last year’s captain of the rowing team, Rosalind Armstrong.

A traditional naming ceremony was held on the banks of the river weaver on Wednesday, where Rosalind, now a student at the University of Oxford Brookes, was joined by her former vice captain, Chloe Slatter, members of the Sir John Deane’s rowing team, Principal Kerry Kirkwood and Deputy Principal Andy Sumner.

Rowing coach, Dave Street said: “Today's ceremony demonstrates how much we have progressed the rowing at Sir John Deane’s in recent years.

“Our regular cohort of rowing athletes, both beginners and the more experienced, have all worked as a team to develop the sport.

“Rosalind is a shining example to emerge from this process, she identified a need and developed the idea to raise money for the new boat and she deserves to have it named after her.”

The new lightweight doubles boat was purchased as a result of Rosalind’s fundraising efforts, after she made an application for a grant from the Rowing Foundation to cover half of the cost. She also helped to save on costs by restoring some of the College’s older boats while also organising a sale of equipment no longer used, with all proceeds being put towards the new boat.

The ‘Rosalind Armstrong’ is now one of three double rowing boats at the College but is more suitable for female rowers due to its lightweight quality. It won its first race at the Northwich Autumn Head in November with rowers Olivia Dunnett and Zara Gautier-Price in the J17 event.

Rosalind, who is studying Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have this new boat named after me. Being captain of the team during my time at the college will also be very special to me and I hope that this new boat will inspire more young females to take up the sport and feel like they can compete at a high level."

Pictured above Rosalind Armtrong (centre) alongside Deputy Principal Andy Sumner, Rowing Coach Dave Street and Principal Kerry Kirkwood (right).