TWO golds were the reward as the Sir John Colfox Academy fielded rowers at the Dorset Youth Games.

The event was badly hit by the poor weather and the only event that took place was the indoor rowing.

The school took three teams and they all did well along with some outstanding individual results, with the Year Seven and Year Nine girls claiming first places.

The school have an excellent history at this event over the last decade, however, this year was really tough as they had no rowing machines in school to practise on this year.

The event consists of an individual row with times each year doing one minute more, starting at two minutes for Year Seven, going up to four minutes for Year Nine and a team row, the distance covered in eight minutes.

The Year Seven boys did really well considering they were competing against much bigger boys and after the individual races and going into the final relay they were in with a chance of bronze.

Unfortunately, fatigue kicked in and they moved down to fourth.

The Year Seven girls team went into the relay in first place after Bea Busby and Maddie Simmonds achieved the national gold standard, with Busby third overall and Simmonds the individual county champion.

In the relay, they extended their lead and won convincingly in the end.

The Year Nine girls were not going to be outdone by the Year Sevens, and they also went into the final relay in first place.

Katie Evans finished fourth just outside national gold standard, and Jess Barbe-Baker finished as county champion, comfortably inside the gold national standard.

The relay final was a battle with two other schools but the girls hung on for first place overall.

The school is very grateful to the Bridport New Body Fitness Centre and former pupil Dan White for allowing them to use their machines.