School children row from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro

Students from Clowne Infant School were one of the ones who took part.

Thousands of school children have completed their very own Olympic challenge after rowing the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

10,000 children from 44 schools across the Bolsover District and beyond completed the 7,234.2 mile challenge over a five month period.

‘Row to Rio’ was launched back in February by Olympic Gold medal rower Zac Purchase, who claimed a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and a silver medal at London 2012, and if a partnership between Bolsover District Council and Bolsover and District School Sport Partnership that aimed to run alongside the popular Five:60 programme.

The challenge saw the schools receive four rowing machines for two days each to row as far as they could and the schools who rowed the furthest have been announced as:

Clowne Infant School – 161 miles

Model Village Primary School (Shirebrook) – 243.2 miles

Tibshelf Town End – 255.5 miles

Shirebrook Academy – 285 miles

Stubbin Wood – 55.4 miles

Each of the schools who rowed the furthest where presented with a certificate and £50 sports voucher at special school assemblies.

Speaking about the event Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said: “This has been an amazing challenge and all the schools have really thrown themselves into it. It was great to see so many taking part from nursery children who couldn’t even reach the foot plate to secondary school pupils who really put there all into it.”

“Tackling inactivity and childhood obesity is a national issue but by giving children challenges such as this to do it adds a fun element and is something they want to do rather than having to do it.”

“My congratulations go to all of the schools involved and to all the children, staff and parents who have helped and supported this challenge.”

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