Putney High gained a new national champion on the first weekend of the Christmas holiday when Florence G won the Year 10 Girls event at the British Rowing Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Flo covered 1370 metres in five minutes, finishing nine metres ahead of her nearest competitior, in a conference hall full of Concept 2 rowing machines at the National Exhibition Centre.
An athlete from Lady Eleanor Holles School set the time to beat when she completed her race a few minutes earlier.
“My Dad told me her score before the race so I knew what I had to beat,” said Flo.
“It was quite close for the first three minutes between me and the girl next to me, who ended up coming third overall.”