George Mitchell

15 year old George Mitchell is a rower from Grantham.

Most memorable achievement:

I won a National Gold medal at the Junior Inter-regional and National Regatta in the J15 Double in 2011. I also achieved a National Fourth, only 5 weeks after breaking my shoulder.


August Blog:

In the past 3 months I have attended a number of competitions including Leicester regatta where I won in a junior 16 coxless quad. I raced at Peterborough regatta and won the junior 15 single. I have raced at four national events. National junior inter regional regatta, silver medal in the j16 double. National Schools regatta, bronze medal in the j16 quad. British rowing Championships, silver medal in the j16 quad, where in our heat we were 0.60 of a second off the championship record. I have also trialled in the j16 quad for Great Britain against France narrowly missing out on a place to race for my country.

I will next be competing at Peterborough summer championship regatta, this event is held over 2 days, I will be competing in the j15 single, j16 double and j16 quad and wins are expected in all boats. I am currently training 7 days a week towards this event and GB rowing team trials in November. This year’s race calendar has been seriously affected by the recent weather, so I am looking forward to much more racing to come.

I have continued to use the services of Chris Swallow, sports therapist, recommended by LEAP, which are second to none, he has been giving me very valuable nutrition and training advice from which I am seeing noticeable gains in performance.

I also attended the sessions on self-talk which have proved very useful in the recent national events and training sessions.

March Blog:

During the winter ‘head or the river’ race season,  I have recorded numerous race wins including a Bronze medal at The Hampton Head on 3/12, a fantastic result in a national competition . 4/12 Newark Head, 2 second places .22/1 Boston Head in a j15 Quad winning by over 2 minutes in appalling weather conditions . 26/2 first race in an ‘8’ at the Trent head, first, beating numerous universities. 19/3 National junior sculling head  at Dorney lake (Olympic rowing venue ) 5th in a J15 coxed quad inspite of boat issues, against 26 quality crews. 23/3 National junior indoor rowing championships (NJIRC), 5th in Team relay, this was unfortunately before my individual event. I came 12th , for me a poor result although it was 12th out of 130. 25/3 British indoor rowing championships , 5th in my age group only 2 days after NJIRC suffering from a damaged quad muscle so a good result

Bedford 4s and small boats head 15/4 , racing Double and Single , Top 2 finish likely

Leicester regatta  22/ 4 Racing in Single Double and Quad , Wins expected

Junior inter regional Regatta , at the National water sports centre, representing East midlands in a Double, and an ‘8’ defending last year’s Gold medal in the double , expecting top 5 in the ‘8’

The summer program of races has yet to be agreed

Training 7 days a week, 4 times at Newark rowing club logging many hours of water time, supplemented with weight training and circuits. Which has improved my 2000m machine personal best by over 15 seconds in winter training

I enjoyed the LEAP performance camp I attended on the 12th of February and I believe the skills I have acquired as a result will benefit me and improve my performance as a result, a brilliant day that I’d recommend to anyone .

I have also benefited from the attention of Chris Swallow, sports massage and remedial therapy . Organised by Leap for me following an injury at NJIRC . his treatment and advice had me back up and rowing competitively in no time