Celebrating Brookes Rowing successes of 2016

Friday, 11 November 2016

Brookes Rowing celebration

Students, staff and members of Oxford Brookes University’s boat club gathered at a special event on Thursday (10 November) to celebrate the successes of Brookes Rowing over the last year.

Brookes Rowing has represented the University at a number of regatta’s both at home and abroad and some of the club’s biggest successes of 2016 include; becoming the first university crew to win Head of the River in over 50 years, winning gold medals in both the men’s and women’s eights at the European Universities Games and winning the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Regatta.

The event also saw the unveiling of two brand new eights boats for the club which were named after Brookes Olympians Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Scott Durant.

It’s a great honour. Brookes is the best rowing university in the country and one of the best clubs. “Considering the calibre of those who have had boats named after them in the past at Brookes, it feels very special.

Scott Durant, Oxford Brookes University

Scott and Olivia rowed for Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games in August. After competing on the final day of the Olympic Regatta Olivia, rowing as part of the women’s eight crew, won a silver medal and Scott won gold as part of the men’s eight.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “To see Brookes rowers perform at the highest level in the world has been fantastic and I, and no doubt members of staff across the University are extremely proud of the athletes who have competed throughout the year.

“The boat club’s huge successes in 2016 are testament to the hard work and dedication of all our elite athletes and coaches.”

Scott Durant - Brookes Rowing celebration

Commenting on how it feels to be having a boat named after him, Scott said: “It’s a great honour. Brookes is the best rowing university in the country and one of the best clubs.

“Considering the calibre of those who have had boats named after them in the past at Brookes, it feels very special. It would be great to see it win Henley!”

Oxford Brookes’ Chancellor Katherine Grainger CBE, was unable to attend the event last week but passed on a congratulatory video message to members of the boat club. The message can be viewed below.

 

A timeline of Brookes Rowing’s successes this year…

April 2016
Director of Rowing Richard Spratley was named as the GB Rowing Team’s Coach of the Year recognising his outstanding contribution to the sport and the development of young rowers. It also marked Richard’s 25thanniversary coaching at Oxford Brookes. 

March 2016
The men became the first university crew to win the Head of the River in over 50 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 also. 

June 2016
The Club entered one of their largest squads to date in this year’s BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Regatta and came away with wins in a total of five championship events. 

July 2016 – August 2016
The boat club achieved gold medals in both the men’s and women’s eights at the European Universities Games in Croatia, adding European champions to their current British champions’ title. In the same month, the club won the Temple Challenge Cup a Henley Regatta for the fifth time, becoming one of just three British crews to have won the cup in the last 25 years. 

As well as representing Oxford Brookes University in regattas at home and abroad, a total of 18 athletes from Brookes Rowing have represented Great Britain on the international stage this summer. These events included the Senior World Championships in Rotterdam, the FISU World Championships in Poland and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.