Oar-inspiring success for Brookes' rowers at Henley

Monday, 07 July 2014

Brookes Rowers

Rowers from Oxford Brookes University Boat Club (OBUBC) saw success in the 175th annual Henley Royal Regatta yesterday.

The men’s eights first team beat off stiff competition to win the Temple Challenge Cup – a trophy contested by the best University and College teams from around the world.

The final, which took place yesterday, Sunday 6 July, saw Brookes’ first team beat the United States’ Brown University by a convincing 2 3/4 lengths over the 1 mile, 550 yard course.

Oxford Brookes has a strong history of rowing success and this latest victory at Henley proves that we have one of the best University squads in the country.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer

Brookes took home the same accolade in 2006 and is the only British crew to see success in this event at Henley in two decades. The club’s second and third crews also qualified for the final 32, further demonstrating the strength of the club and the depth of its talent.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, who was at the event, commented: “Oxford Brookes has a strong history of rowing success and this latest victory at Henley proves that we have one of the best University squads in the country.

“That we could, uniquely, field three boats in the final 32 shows the strength and depth of the boat club here at Brookes.

“It was tense to watch, but the win shows that we’re up there with the best in the world – our crews really have done us proud!”

Brookes’ Boat Club has a prestigious history, with five Olympic gold medals, five silver and one bronze having been won by current or former members of the club since the 2000 games in Sydney.

The home games in London in 2012 also saw the club achieve its first Paralympic gold medal.

You can find out more about rowing at Brookes on OBUBC’s website and full results of the Temple Challenge Cup can be viewed on the  Henley Royal Regatta website.