Brookes come away double-champions at the European Universities Games
Friday, 15 July 2016
In an unprecedented double victory, Oxford Brookes Boat Club has come away with gold medals in both the men’s and women’s eights at this week’s European Universities Games (EUG).
On Thursday (14 July), the women’s eights triumphed in the final, beating the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Hamburg and Newcastle University by two lengths (approximately six seconds).
Later that day, the men’s eights came up against in the Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Technology Aschen in Germany, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, Szechenyl Istvan University in Hungary, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in the final and also won by two lengths.
It’s a tremendous achievement to be current British and European champions in the blue riband eight in the same year. We are incredibly proud coaches.Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing, Brookes Boat Club
Richard Spratley, Director of Rowing at Brookes Boat Club, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with both our women’s and men’s European University eights championship wins. Our first ever double success and our first ever women’s win.
“It’s a tremendous achievement to be current British and European champions in the blue riband eight in the same year. We are incredibly proud coaches.”
These recent wins at the EUG come after a particularly successful year for the Brookes Boat Club. In March, the men became the first university crew to win the Head of the River in over 50 years and earlier this month won the Temple Cup Challenge at Henley Regatta for the fifth time and becoming one of just three British crews to have won the cup in the last 25 years. The women had their highest ever finish at the Women’s Head of the River and qualified for Henley Regatta for the first time this year.
The Boat Club also entered one of their largest squads to date in this year’s BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Regatta in June and came away with wins in a total of five championship events.
Six recent Oxford Brookes alumni will be rowing in Team GB at this summer’s Rio Olympic Games. A new webpage will be launched shortly with stories relating to the Olympic Games and 2016’s host city.
The European Universities Games, organised by the European University Sports Association (EUSA) are taking place in Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia between 12 and 15 July 2016. The games invite university teams from across Europe to compete in 21 sporting including Badminton, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Tennis and Table Tennis, Judo, Volleyball, Water Polo, Sport Climbing, Rugby, Karate and Rowing.