Rowing and Regatta magazine highlights flourishing success of Brookes’ rowers

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Women Eights Head of the River

The official magazine of British Rowing, Rowing and Regatta, has this month published an article on the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club and the ever-growing success of its rowing squads.

The article, Flying High, hails Oxford Brookes as one of the leading high performance rowing centres in the UK and highlights the huge draw the University has for junior rowers looking to explore the sport alongside their studies. Tim Grant, an Economics student and rower in the Brookes men’s squad was quoted in the article: “Over the last few years recruitment has got better and better, and hopefully more will come based on the success Brookes has had in recent years.

“More and more people will see it as the place to come for their degree and the high-quality of rowing.”

The Brookes men’s squad has had notable success in recent years but now with a full-time training programme and role model in the form of newly appointed Chancellor and Olympic Gold medalist Katherine Grainger, the women’s squad is flourishing in what is just their first full season under a new full-time coach. 

2015 has already seen the best performances from the Brookes women’s squad in many years with the B crew first place in the Intermediate Three category at this year’s Women’s Eights Head of the River and taking 20th place overall; the highest position ever gained by a second Eight. The A crew at the same event, also won their Intermediate Two category and placed in joint seventh overall with the University of London’s non student eligible crew. The A crew win meant Brookes finished as the top UK non-Ox-Bridge University crew, only beaten to the top spot by the Cambridge University crew by just 14 seconds. 

More can be read about Brookes’ success at the Women’s Eights Head of the River 2015 race on the news pages

Annie Withers, the captain for the Brookes women’s squad puts the success of the crew down to a surge in recruiting valuable team members. She said in the article: “There is definitely more of an effort to recruit people to Brookes.

“The more people rowing, the higher the standards will get. This year is the best women’s standard that it has been for years and I think that it is because of the amount of girls here.”

The women’s squad will be competing for a medal at this summer’s Women’s Henley Regatta. 

The full article can be read in the May issue of Rowing and Regatta which is available on subscription via British Rowing. British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing and is responsible for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain.

More information about the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club can be found on their dedicated website.