Brookes rowers join team GB for European Universities Championships

Thursday, 20 August 2015

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Oxford Brookes rowers will form part of the GB Rowing Team at the European Universities Rowing Championships (EUC) in Hanover, Germany next month.

The 73-strong British delegation is made up of crews from 11 different universities from across the UK who have been selected based on their results at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta in May.

Half of the Oxford Brookes Women’s Senior Eight, winners at this year’s Henley Women’s Regatta, have been selected to race in the women’s four – a category which they won gold in at BUCS Regatta. Student Annie Withers who will be racing in the women’s four, represented Great Britain earlier in the summer at the World U23 Championships in Bulgaria where she rowed as part of the Eight that won Bronze at the event. Oxford Brookes men’s squad have also had a successful year, both at the BUCS Regatta and throughout the season and will field a men’s eight, four and lightweight double at the EUC tournament. 

It is exciting to be sending such a large team out to the Championships and will be a great opportunity for the Brookes rowers to race against the best University competition from across Europe.

Allan French, Senior Women's Squad Coach, Oxford Brookes University Boat Club

Seven of the Oxford Brookes men attending the championships also represented Great Britain at the World U23 Championships. Undergrad student Jamie Copus won silver in the lightweight men’s quad and has been selected to take part in the Senior World Championships which takes place the week before the EUCs.

Allan French, Senior Women’s Squad Coach at the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club said: “It is exciting to be sending such a large team out to the Championships and will be a great opportunity for the Brookes rowers to race against the best University competition from across Europe.”

The EUCs Rowing will take place between 9 and 12 September. 

Brookes Sport had further success in the BUCS Conference 2015 which took place in July, taking home the award for ‘Most Improved University’.

The award, which acknowledges the considerable improvement Brookes Sport has made to the club over the past year, is given to the institution that has risen furthest up the BUCS ranking during the past academic year. Oxford Brookes competed against 169 other institutions and has risen from a ranking of 51st to 33rd – Brookes’ highest ever finish. 

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport at Oxford Brookes said: “This is a huge achievement for the sports department at Brookes particularly as we have, over the past year, introduced more recreational sport and physical activities than ever before. 

“Brookes Sports’ improved performance is a culmination of having more coaches than ever before, more scholarships and bursaries, more training time and facility hire and we have put forward more sports teams for competitions than in previous years.”

Brookes Sport gym, sports facilities and classes are open to the local community to use. Learn more about the Brookes Sport centre and the facilities via the Brookes Sport webpages.