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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

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CONEL students Luke McConnell and Olawale Oyewole competed at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships earlier this month (Friday, 11 March 2016). Luke and Olawade did incredibly well, ranking highly in their age category, achieving 5th and 13th place respectively. 

The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships is held annually by London Youth Rowing, where schools and colleges across the UK compete. The competition was held at the state-of-the-art athletics venue: Lee Valley Athletics centre.        

Luke McConnell, a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports student stated: “The event was great fun and an enjoyable experience. It was really great to interact with the students from other colleges and I enjoyed the great event that was put on by London Youth Rowing. It offered a great break from college study and I was very pleased with my overall 5th place finish.”

Fellow competitor Olawale Oyewole said: “At the beginning of the race I was leading, halfway through I dropped back as it was a long race of 2000metres.  I was still really pleased to finish 13th.”

Robert Murphy, College Sportsmaker at CONEL said: This was a great event run by the London Youth Rowing organisation. This was a great opportunity for the students that had been training all year to compete. The students that did attend thoroughly enjoyed the event and it is great that we can take our learners to events like this as an extension to the enrichment sports programme that we run at the college.”

Meanwhile, at the championships, CONEL’s beauty students amazed attendees with theatrical make-up. By creating airbrush and wound tattoos on attendees, the students gained an insight and experience at working at a busy event, where their tattoos were in high demand attracting crowds and a cue of students who were competing in the championships.

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Debra Pluthero, Lecturer in Beauty Therapy stated: “This was a great event for the students as they got to deal with large crowds of young excited teenagers and they learnt a lot about working under pressure - no one wanted to leave the event without an airbrushed tattoo or a gory wound!”

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