Rowing success continues for Brookes

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Brookes men's eight winners

Oxford Brookes is celebrating after scooping the most medals at the European Universities Rowing Championships in Hanover, Germany last weekend (9-12 September).

The University’s Boat Club had a successful weekend, becoming European Champions in two events, after winning Gold in the men’s eight and the men’s lightweight double. They also picked up Silver in the women’s coxless four.

Brookes rowers also formed part of the GB Rowing Team who went on to win the overall competition.

The winners of the men’s eight were students Harry Brightmore (Cox), Morgan Bolding, Henry Swarbrick, James Stanhope, Rory Gibbs, Matthew Aldridge, Michael Glover, Will Hall and Richard Hume.

Jamie Copus and Ben Reeves won the men’s lightweight double; and Susie Dear, Annie Withers, Danielle Shrosbree and Imogen Mackie won Silver in the women’s coxless four.

Allan French, Senior Women’s Squad Coach said: “This is a great start to the semester for us and we are pleased to have performed so well not just for our Boat Club but also as part of the GB Team. It was exciting for us to be able to send a team out to the championships and our rowers enjoyed competing against some of the best universities in Europe.”

The clubs’ achievements in Germany come just a week after the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France, where again student Jamie Copus gave a sterling performance along with Joel Cassells and Oxford Brookes Chancellor Katherine Granger. Joel won Gold in the lightweight pair, becoming World Champion.

This is a great start to the semester for us and we are pleased to have performed so well for not just for our Boat Club but also as part of the GB Team.

Allan French, Senior Women's Squad Coach, Oxford Brookes University

Katherine and her partner finished third in their semi-final heat of the women's double skulls and sixth in the final, bringing Katherine ever closer to a chance at competing in Rio 2016.

After a two-year break following her gold medal success at London 2012, Katherine returned to rowing in September 2014. She was officially inaugurated as Chancellor of the University in May this year as part of the institutions' 150th anniversary celebrations.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Alistair Fitt said: “We are delighted that our new Chancellor Katherine has enjoyed a successful return to rowing this year. Her determination and hard work is a great inspiration to everyone here at the University. Katherine is a role model to our rowing squads, who themselves have enjoyed a triumphant and impressive season.”

With a full-time training programme and a new full-time coach the women’s rowing squad have particularly flourished this season.

Highlights include:

The Oxford Brookes Womens’ Eight squad making history at the Henley Women’s Regatta in June.

Triumphs at the annual Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on the River Thames in May.

Keep up to date with the latest news and find out more information about the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club on their dedicated website.