Joanna Unsworth, from Shiplake College, has been awarded a 100% scholarship at Miami University. The university is clearly delighted by the fact that Jo has now signed on and their website has proudly announced, ‘She has achieved many outstanding results during her junior career, including three gold medals in the 2011 British Championships in both sweep and sculling events.’ They also record that Jo was a member of the Henley Rowing Club Quad that won the junior women’s event at Henley Royal Regatta in 2012 before representing Grfeat Britain at the Junior World Championship in the Women’s Quad Event.
As well as training in Florida’s balmy temperatures Jo will be studying Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Fine Art over her four year course. As the website says of the first five students selected for their programme, ‘In addition to excellence athletically, all five have proved themselves in the classroom. Each brings extraordinary talents to our programme and we’re looking forward to the impact each of them will have.’
Jo, who is studying for Art, Biology and English A Levels at Shiplake has a busy time before the flight to Miami. Along with fellow Shiplake pupil, Daisy Gresswell, she aims to raise £4,000 for SportAid, largely raised from sponsorship for the girls’ London Marathon runs as well as training for another season of highly competitive rowing. Jo started rowing at the age of six, after watching her mother coaching rowing, she asked if she could have a go. She has made good progress since then!
Congratulations to Shiplake Sixth Formers Jo Unsworth and Alice White, who celebrated a very convincing win in the WJ182x at Wallingford Regatta on Saturday. On a beautiful autumnal day, with just a slight head wind and near perfect conditions, the girls put in strong performance to win their event by 30 seconds.
Alice and Jo were part of the J18 quad which won the inaugural girls' quad event at Henley Royal Regatta in June and Saturday's victory was confirmation that their intensive training programme is paying dividends.
At Shiplake we strongly believe that physical activity is an integral part of personal development and each girl is required participate in the sport and activites programme.
We recognise that not everyone is suited to competitive sport and therefore offer a range of activities to complement our three competitive sports; hockey, netball and rounders. Rowing is an option throughout the year and we have a number of successful oarswomen and crews.
Minor sports and activities include badminton, running, kettlebells, step class and circuit training.
Shiplake teaches a 'fitness for life' ethos that encourages our girls to enjoy physical activity and keep strong and healthy. In addition to the main school gym and fitness facilities Gilson House has its own fitness room for the sole use of the girls.
All girls at Shiplake join Gilson House, a dedicated girls' boarding house which opened in September 2009 and which has purpose-built accommodation for day and boarding pupils. The house is run by Miss Suzy Andrew who is supported by Miss Carin Erasmus, Mrs Louise Porter (Matron) and a team of visiting tutors.
Evening and weekend activities include an invitation to a Housemistress’ tea, regular outings to the cinema and bowling followed by a pizza meal or similar. Girls’ movie night is very popular!
The Gilson blog can be found here.