European Championship rowing gold success for Oxford Brookes

Monday, 17 July 2017

Mens eight at European Universities Champs

Oxford Brookes University Boat Club (OBUBC) has retained its status as European champions for both the Men’s and Women’s eights.

Both crews took the gold at the European Universities Championships in Subotica, Serbia this weekend. In addition, the men took gold for both the pair and the four events.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt congratulated the club on their recent successes: “From their record-breaking performance at Henley Royal Regatta to being named as the number one rowing university in the UK, Oxford Brookes is celebrating a phenomenal series of successes. Gold medals at the European Universities Championships over the weekend are another sign of the club’s world class rowing pedigree.  

These accomplishments are testament to the hard work and dedication of our elite athletes and coaches. We are extremely proud of their efforts and know that the club will challenge itself to improve further and continue achieving great things.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt, Oxford Brookes University

“These accomplishments are testament to the hard work and dedication of our elite athletes and coaches. We are extremely proud of their efforts and know that the club will challenge itself to improve further and continue achieving great things.”

After a year of records, Oxford Brookes University recently won the Team of the Year accolade at the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Awards. The award was handed to the Men’s 1st eights crew within the OBUBC at a ceremony on Thursday (13 July).

Earlier this month, 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.