Brookes awarded Team of the Year after season of rowing records

Friday, 14 July 2017

Brookes BUCS award win

After a year of records, Oxford Brookes University came away with Team of the Year at the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Awards.

The award was handed to the Men’s 1st eights crew within the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club (OBUBC) at a ceremony on Thursday evening (13 July). The BUCS Awards recognise the achievements and successes of athletes and teams as well as acknowledging the contribution from volunteers, club officials and coaches who support and develop the university sport.

It’s a superb achievement. The success of the rowing team as a whole is very much down to a very strong team effort from the whole of Brookes Sport.

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes

Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes, said: “It’s a superb achievement. The success of the rowing team as a whole is very much down to a very strong team effort from the whole of Brookes Sport.

“It is the first time ever that Brookes has won any sporting win at the BUCS Awards and we’re all absolutely thrilled with this achievement.”

The Men’s 1st eights were selected from 5903 competing teams within BUCS.

This latest news follows a record-breaking performance at Henley Royal Regatta earlier this month when OBUBC became the first university club to retain the prestigious Temple Challenge Cup, and won the Ladies Plate, beating the Great Britain U23 crew in a time that was just outside of the course record.

In May, Oxford Brookes University became the number one rowing university in the UK after winning a record haul of medals at the BUCS Regatta – the biggest student regatta in Europe. OBUBC came away with 41 Gold, 51 Silver and 31 Bronze medals, accumulating 1,323 points to be crowned this year’s Champion University and winners of the Victor Ludorum competition for best overall university.

OBUBC are currently in Serbia attempting to defend the European Universities titles won last year when the Club came away with gold medals in both the men’s and women’s eights.