Jonathan Excels at Rowing
Seventeen year old Jonathan Jackson has lived in Peppard all his life. He attended Sonning Common Primary School and Gillotts in Henley before moving on to Henley College where he is studying for three A levels. He is passionate about rowing and is a member of the Upper Thames Rowing Club. Jonathan took up rowing at the age of twelve, a hobby which now takes up most of his spare time. When he has taken his A levels, Jonathan hopes to row for the Leander Club for a year, and will look for a rowing scholarship at an American university. He explained that these are much easier to come by than in the UK. Jonathan was recently one of thirteen youngsters in South Oxfordshire whose achievements were recognised at the annual Young Achievers Award ceremony in Benson.
Jonathan trains six days a week, on the river, as well as indoors, using weights and rowing machines. During the week in term-time he can fit in one or two training sessions a day between lectures and has to get up at 06.45 on Saturdays and Sundays to get to the Rowing Club to train. Jonathan is the youngest and lightest member in the eight man boat and takes the bow position. At the time of meeting him he was due to spend a week at a training camp in Belgium over the Easter break.
Jonathan gained a silver medal at the National Championships in Nottingham aged sixteen and, as a level two rowing coach, has coached younger children. He is well supported by his parents who make sure he has the diet he needs and drive him to training sessions at weekends. He will be representing his rowing club for the fourth time this summer at the Henley Regatta. He is clearly one to watch!