Rowing in Methody has a dedicated following, with both boys and girls taking part in this popular sport. A new boathouse was opened in 2005 and fundraising activities coupled with financial support from former pupils and parents have allowed the purchase of equipment and boats.
MCB crew having shot Ormeau bridge and opened a gap on opposition
November 2012 - Rowing Update
Whilst everyone was relaxing during the half term break the rowers were hard at work down on the Lagan. On 27th October the Boys VIII won the Junior Section and finished second overall at the first mini-head of the new season. The following Saturday they went one better when they won the Lagan Scullers’ Club mini-head.
25th October 2012 - Medal Winners at Portadown Marascull
The Fourth Form Girls crew, who only started rowing in September, got their rowing careers off to a great start when they won the Lagan Beginners Trophy, beating beginner crews from Queens and Inst.
Members of the Rowing Club at the Boathouse
The Senior Boys and Girls attended the Portadown Marascull last week. This long distance race from Lough Neagh into Portadown Centre is not for the faint hearted!
Congratulations to all who took part: the MCB boys were second, third and fourth Junior Men home and the Girls' Quad was fastest women’s crew.
September 2012 - Irish Rowing Championships News
At the Irish Rowing Championships held over the summer, members of the boys’ 1st VIII squad competed and won a silver medal in the J18 event.
This was an impressive and fully deserved performance which was the culmination of the many hours of training put in by the boys over the last three years. It ranks as one of the best performances by an MCB crew since the school last won the event in 1977.
Pictured with their medals are S Gallaher (coach), Brennan Gibson, Alex Mercer, Chris Vandenberg, Daniel Acheson, Patrick Boomer, Luke McCann, N Thompson (coach), James Hannon, Joe Doyle, Conor McCann, J Boomer (coach).
You can watch the race by following the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hIaRkN_Io0
. MCB are in lane 1 on the RHS of the screen.
In addition, Jasmine English confirmed her status as the fastest Junior 16 sculler in Ireland when she won the gold medal at the Irish Rowing championships.
Jasmine dominated the event, winning the heats and semi-finals before rowing a very mature race to win the final with clear water.
This was the climax of an excellent season in which Jasmine won at the LSC sculling races and at Queens Regatta, she also performed well in the national trials to become the youngest rower to represent Ireland at the Home International regatta in Cardiff.
Jasmine played a full part in the successful MCB crews during the 2011- 2012 season. She stroked the senior girls quad to victory at Portadown marascull and was in the MCB girls first VIII at Lagan, Erne, London and at the Belfast boat races.