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Ergo Kayak Challenge

We had six sports people visit Gordon's to run our first ever Ergo Kayak Challenge last week.

We had six guests come to Gordon’s this term to run the first ever Gordon’s Ergo Kayak Challenge. They were, Ivan Lawler, one of the world’s all-time greatest Marathon kayakers, a three time Olympian who has won five world titles in Marathon racing, numerous European championships, one Sprint world title and who was awarded a Nobel Prize for sportsmanship when he sacrificed a Gold medal in a World championships to help out a rival competitor, Jess Walker, a member of the London and Rio women’s team, Oscar McKittrick, a GB junior marathon squad member and two of British Canoeing’s coaches. visited Gordons school 

The challenge was to paddle a Kayak ergo machine (like a rowing machine) as far as possible in 35 seconds, the same time it took Great Britain’s Liam Heath to win the Rio Olympics 200 metre Men’s Single Kayak.

There were four ergos and each house had nominated a  Year 7, 8, 9 and one other student from any other year, to compete against each other. There was also the chance to try out before and after lunch.

The House competition was very closely contested with only 10 metres separating 6th and 2nd place, but out in front were Balmoral House.

The students not only got to try out racing and receive coaching from former and current Olympians but they also got to see the equipment used by top flight athletes with a Rio specification single K1, carbon paddles and a full carbon, elite ocean racing surf ski.

Most importantly, our students showed some real raw talent, enthusiasm and plenty of determination. A few promising students are even going to be invited to join the Gordon’s Kayak squad, which is being run in partnership with Elmbridge canoe club in Weybridge (the most successful club in Great Britain with more world champions than the rest of the country put together).

On the hottest day of the year, the racing certainly was hotly contested (amongst staff and students) and we look forward to seeing the event grow even more next year.