Pupils competing in a Birmingham-wide schools' rowing challenge were cheered on by Olympic hero Sir Steve Redgrave yesterday.
The event in Nechells was the cumulation of a 12-month long fitness test that has seen pupils from 20 secondaries competing.
Five- times Olympic Gold rower Sir Steve has been involved in improving rowing facilities at schools in the city through his charity, the Steve Redgrave Trust.
He visited the Nechells Community Centre to lend his support to the 200 youngsters competing in the contest.
It is hoped the success of the Birmingham rowing challenge will act as a role model to schools across the country.
Coun Les Lawrence (Con Northfield), Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: ?The Birmingham Schools Indoor Rowing Challenge shows how the city is leading the way in innovative sporting initiatives.
?Indoor rowing allows pupils of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get fit and improve self confidence, and also the ability to relate the sport to the curriculum, through PE, Mathematics, Information Technology and Science,? added Coun Lawrence