Rowing for gold: The Brookes athletes at Rio 2016

Thursday, 04 August 2016

Peter and Richard Chambers London 2012

Oxford Brookes University Boat Club (OBUBC) has produced some of the finest rowers in the world. With nine Olympic medals, Brookes is among the UK’s top five universities in terms of success at the Games.

This year, five OBUBC athletes are heading to Rio to compete, as well as Oxford Brookes’ Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger CBE, the only British female athlete from any sport to win medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. At London 2012, Katherine famously secured gold in the women’s double scull with Anna Watkins.  Katherine will be competing in the women’s double scull event once again, this time alongside Vicky Thornley.

Director of Sport at Oxford Brookes University, Keith Kelly said: “Brookes is known for its excellent track record in rowing, indeed we are among the top universities in the UK for the sport. To see Brookes rowers performing at the highest level in the world is fantastic. 
“These guys and girls are a real inspiration to our rowers in the current Brookes crews. We will all be cheering them on over the next couple of weeks.”

Scott Durant will make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 in the men’s eights. He was a 2015 European Champion in the four and is a former World University Championships gold-medallist. Scott graduated from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Town Planning in 2012 and is currently studying his master’s in Spatial Planning. 

To see Brookes rowers performing at the highest level in the world is fantastic.

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport, Oxford Brookes University

After winning European Championships gold this year, alumna Olivia Carnegie-Brown has been selected to row in the women’s eight at Rio. She has previously won international medals at junior and U23 level.  Olivia graduated in 2013. 

As well as the five OBUBC athletes selected to compete at Rio, alumna and Leander Club member Zoe de Toledo, who studied her master’s in Psychological Research at Brookes, will compete at her first Olympic Games coxing the women’s eight. 

Construction Management student Mat Tarrant has been named as one of the two reserves for the open-weight men’s squad for this year’s Games. Mat has previously won World Championship gold in 2015 and 2014. 

At London 2012, Richard Chambers and his brother Peter Chambers won silver in an incredible race in the lightweight men’s four. Both Peter and Richard will compete in their second Olympics at Rio, in the lightweight men’s double scull and lightweight men’s four respectively. 

Peter was crowned European Champion in the lightweight pair with OBUBC rower Joel Cassells in 2015 and has previously been crowned World Champion in the lightweight men’s pair. He won World bronze with Richard in the lightweight double sculls in 2013. Richard is a double World Champion in the lightweight men’s four and has also won World and European silver medals in the lightweight men’s double. This will be Richard’s third Olympic Games. 

Peter graduated in 2013 after studying Sport and Exercise Science. Richard graduated in 2007 after studying Construction Management.
More information about rowing at Oxford Brookes can be found on the OBUBC website.

Pictured: Richard Chambers and Peter Chambers with crew mates Rob Williams and Chris Bartley (left to right) after winning silver in the lightweight men's four at London 2012