Boat Club win five championship events in best year ever at BUCS Regatta
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Brookes Rowing took the crown in both the Men’s and Women’s eights events for the first time ever at this year’s BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Regatta last weekend.
The Boat Club entered one of their largest squads to date and after the three-day tournament, the club came away with wins in a total of five championship events and claimed seven gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
It’s great to see every athlete that raced this weekend going home with least one medal, and it’s testament to the strength of our women’s squad and the hard work they’re putting in.>Allan French, Women's Coach, Brookes Boat Club
Women’s Coach Allan French said: “It’s great to see every athlete that raced this weekend going home with least one medal, and it’s testament to the strength of our women’s squad and the hard work they’re putting in.”
Day two of the regatta saw a flurry of medals in the space of 30 minutes, with the Boat Club taking home gold in Women’s Championship 8’s, Men’s Championship 4- and 4+, and all the Intermediate 4+ medals on offer. On day three the Women’s first eight brought home two more medals in the form of Championship 4- gold, and Championship 4+ bronze.
Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes Boat Club, Richard Spratley spoke to BUCS about what’s next for the squad: “We’ve had two solid weeks of preparation for BUCS, after the World Championship trials.
“We have six rowers currently in contention for the Olympics in Rio, past and present athletes, and up to 10 athletes in contention for the U23 World Championships this year.”
Richard recently celebrated 25 years coaching at Oxford Brookes.
The Boat Club headed to Ghent Regatta in Belgium last weekend and came away with a number of medals in the sweep and sculling disciplines, as well as winning the Victor Ludorum of the regatta for most successful all-round team.