Rowing title for Jake - time now to take to water

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

A young Budleigh Salterton athlete who hopped on a rowing machine for a school test has become South West champion just weeks after trying the sport for the first time. Twelve-year-old Jake Gilbody, of Granary Lane, first tried a rowing machine this year

A young Budleigh Salterton athlete who hopped on a rowing machine for a school test has become South West champion just weeks after trying the sport for the first time.Twelve-year-old Jake Gilbody, of Granary Lane, first tried a rowing machine this year during gym class at Exmouth Community College. Now the youngster is keen to get out on to the estuary and row for real after winning the South West Indoor Rowing Championships in Plymouth.Jake, who represents his school at cross country and rugby, said: "Our teacher wanted us to row flat out for two minutes, and I managed to get the highest distance. Then he entered me in the SW championships, and I won with 554 metres."I want to join a rowing club now. I care about my fitness, but I'm not sure all the pupils here do!"Jake beat 60 pupils to win the title - all competitors rowing in line on indoor machines for two minutes, and watching a computer graphic of their boat's progress.

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