ETON Excelsior Rowing Club junior star Finn Arikkala took gold in his age category for the second consecutive year at the British Rowing Indoor Championships.

His incredible achievement follows a recent new Welsh record set at the Indoor Rowing Championships in Cardiff on 24th November, plus gold medal wins at the South of England Indoor Rowing Championships for the last two consecutive years.

Arikkala, aged 13, started rowing at the age of 11 and joined Eton Excelsior last year.

He was at the British Rowing event representing Bishopsgate School, which set up a boat club a few years ago, as well as his new club.

The Indoor Championships were held this year at the Lea Valley Velodrome at the Olympic Park and played host to 2,450 competitors, making it the largest event of its kind in the world.

Adult competitors (over the age of 16) row the Olympic distance of 2,000 metres, while juniors take part in shorter time-based events.

Also competing at the event for Eton Excelsior was 44 year-old Neil Wincomb. He started rowing just 18 months ago and came 10th in his category (E12 Men 40 – 49 years old), smashing his personal best.

Wincomb was cheered on by his coach, Darryl Preston, who he describes as ‘instrumental’ in his journey from a beginner to a proficient rower.

Wincomb also won the annual award for the Eton Excelsior’s ‘most improved oarsman’ earlier this year.

Eton Excelsior’s Club Captain, Rachel Smillie, said: “We're so proud of what both Finn and Neil have achieved.

"Finn, a young and incredibly talented rower, has the potential to reach the very highest level in the sport.

"And Neil, who started rowing just 18 months ago, has shown that anybody can take up rowing as an adult and excel in the sport.

"We couldn’t be more pleased for them both.”