The Junior Sports Programme has provided National Schools and Henley rowing kit for Andrew Haigh, a pupil of St Paul’s who was selected in April to row for Great Britain in the VIII at the 2002 Munich Junior International Regatta. Andrew is Captain of Boats for his school. His first main competition in 2003 was the Schools Head of the River which the 1st VIII won by a margin of 11 seconds. Later that month, he travelled to Belgium to compete in the Ghent International Regatta, participating in the Junior Pairs, Junior Fours and the Men’s Open VIII category with a win in the Pairs.

He was selected again to row for Great Britain in the 2003 Munich Junior Regatta where he won a bronze medal. He hopes to see his school’s 1st VIII win the infamous Schools’ Triple which involves winning the Schools Head, National Schools and Henley Regattas. After Henley, there were final trials for selection of the Great Britain team at the Junior World Rowing Championship.

Andrew obtained a gold medal for Britain in the Junior World Championships in Athens where the boys VIII claimed gold by half a length in an effort that took them up two seats on the United States and Russia. This was the first time since 1968 that a British VIII has crossed the line first in the official world championships.