Twins John and Glen Parrish have combined brain power with muscle power to compete at a national level in rowing.
The 16-year-old brothers first took up the sport nearly two years ago and now train five times a week at Trentham Boat Club.
It has meant following a regimented timetable to fit their rowing commitments round studying for GCSEs at Trentham Academy.
Now the hard work has paid off as John has picked up 11 GCSEs and Glen has achieved nine.
Just months before the exams, Glen also took part in GB trials, which involved attending a camp and taking part in races.
He said: “For our age group, a camp is the highest you can get. Anybody that wants to compete has a goal to get into Team GB. But there are lots of other things as well, such as Henley, that are just as good.”
He and John, who live in Trentham, have also taken part in the National Schools Regatta.
But apart from the odd individual race, they don’t often find themselves competing against each other as they row as part of a quad.
John said: “I sit at the front and set the stroke. That’s when you set the pace and technique.
“We train together and it works well because it’s that extra motivation. I’d feel like I was letting Glen down if I didn’t train. We are a team.
“Our school was supportive of us rowing. They let us leave early on a Wednesday for training.
“During revision, we really had to plan ahead. It would involve setting out what we were doing every half-an-hour or hour in the day.”
John has found rowing has also helped him academically.
“It’s a brain exercise, it not’s just about the physical aspect,” he said. “You’ve got to aspire and be motivated. It’s a stress relief as well.”