Brookes triumph at Henley

Monday, 04 July 2016

Henley Regatta 2016

Oxford Brookes Boat Club stormed to victory in the final of the Temple Cup Challenge at Henley Regatta this weekend.

The Men’s eights squad convincingly beat Harvard University by 3 ¼ lengths after beating Yale University in the semi-finals. This is the fifth time Brookes has won the race and Brookes is one of the three British crews to have won the cup in the last 25 years.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Brookes Rowing team continues to amaze us and we are particularly proud of these latest achievements at the Henley Regatta.

The University’s boat club is a real beacon of success for Oxford Brookes and this is testament to the dedication and excellence of our athletes and coaches.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

“The University’s boat club is a real beacon of success for Oxford Brookes and this is testament to the dedication and excellence of our athletes and coaches. We will soon be turning an eye to the Rio Olympics when the University will continue to be represented, including by our Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger CBE who was recently confirmed as competing at the Games. I look forward to the continued success of our elite athletes.”

Footage of the race can be viewed below. 

Last month, the Brookes Boat Club celebrated successes at the Holland Beker regatta in the Netherlands and the Metropolitan Regatta at the Dorney Lake Olympic venue.

The Boat Club also 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 in June. 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 – their best year ever at the regatta. 

Five Brookes rowers have been selected to represent Team GB at this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games. British Rowing later announced that Oxford Brookes Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger CBE will row with Victoria Thornley in the women’s double scull at the Games. Keep a look out over the coming weeks as a new webpage will be launched with Olympic-themed stories and news.