Men’s first eight rowers awarded Team of the Year at Oxfordshire Sports Awards

Monday, 22 January 2018

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Oxford Brookes University’s men’s first eight rowers added Team of the Year to their ever growing list of accolades, at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards on Friday evening.

The team won the coveted title at the awards ceremony held at the Kassam Stadium after their unbeaten season in 2017.

Oxford Brookes was also named runner-up in two other categories at the Awards; Active Workplace for the Brookes Active initiative and the Sports Development Project category for Brookes Active ‘get into…’.

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport at Oxford Brookes University said: “It’s fantastic that the men’s VIII rowing team has won an Oxfordshire Sports Award. 

The recognition that Oxford Brookes has received from the County in this year’s Awards demonstrates our commitment to encouraging the whole Brookes community to enjoy an active lifestyle, which is something we are very passionate about.

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport, Oxford Brookes University

“We’re always incredibly proud of our elite athletes in Brookes Rowing. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring to colleagues and students alike, and we know they’ll continue to achieve great things.

“The recognition that Oxford Brookes has received from the County in this year’s Awards demonstrates our commitment to encouraging the whole Brookes community to enjoy an active lifestyle, which is something we are very passionate about.”

Amongst their achievements in 2017, the men’s first eight won the Ladies Plate at Henley Regatta, beating the Great Britain U23 crew in the final. The crew also won the Men’s Championship Eight at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta for the fourth consecutive year and retained their European Champion status after taking gold at the EUSA Championships.

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Brookes Active is a collection of activities, events and campaigns which aim to support students and staff to enjoy active and healthy lifestyles. This is the second year Brookes Active has been recognised in the Oxfordshire Sports Awards in the Active Workplace category.

The Sport England-funded Brookes Active ‘get into…’ intervention aims to reduce inactivity amongst the student population at Oxford Brookes. The project includes a weekly timetable of over 30 hours of recreational activities such as social hockey, netball and five-a-side football, plus more unusual activities like capoeira, kendo and hula hooping. Over the past three years, nearly 4,000 new students have taken part. 

More information about Brookes Active and sport facilities at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the Brookes Sport webpages

Images: The men's first eights celebrate at Henley Regatta 2017 (top image) and the Oxfordshire Sports Awards certificates in pride of place in Brookes Sport (second image).