10/10/18—Later this month, ten students from Girls Preparatory School (GPS) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day regatta in the world. In addition to racing crews from across the U.S., this year’s event has teams from Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, South Africa, and across Europe. “Our girls will be racing crews from every corner of the United States—California to New England, Florida to Seattle, and everywhere in between,” said Head Varsity Rowing Coach David Hall. More than 11,000 athletes will compete and hundreds of thousands of spectators gather to watch.
This will be the third time GPS students have competed in this distinguished Cambridge, Massachusetts race. GPS was previously selected to send teams in 2000 and 2015.
Coach Hall reflected, “Our athletes have been working extremely hard this season, with their eyes set on this opportunity since this time last year. The girls know the expectations that naturally come with a regatta like the Head of the Charles. I’m excited to see what they can do with their combined experience in one shell on an international stage like this one.”
One of the team captains, Larkin B. ’19, noted the ways in which the GPS rowing program has shifted in preparation for the Head of the Charles. “We’ve worked a lot on the mental side,” she said. “Coach Hall has been instrumental in that, and we’ve grown a lot closer and have higher expectations of our team.”
Rebecca G. ’19, another team captain, added, “Rowing is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding. You have to trust your boat-mates completely and work together.”