Success at GB Trials for Brookes Rowing
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Brookes oarsmen were victorious in the men’s pairs and lightweight singles at the third round of senior Great Britain trials this month.
The men’s pair was won by Brookes graduate Mat Tarrant and Stewart Innes, who rows for Leander Club. Last summer, Mat was named as one of the two reserves for the open-weight men’s squad for the Rio Olympic Games. He has previously won World Championship gold in 2015 and 2014 for Great Britain.
Meanwhile, Brookes oarsman and Olympic medallist Peter Chambers won the men’s light-weight single sculls, with fellow teammates Jamie Copus and Joel Cassells coming fifth and sixth place.
Previously, Peter won the silver medal in the lightweight men’s four at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has also been crowned World and European Champion in the lightweight men’s pair and won bronze with his brother Richard in the lightweight double scull in 2013. Peter made his second Olympic appearance at Rio 2016.
Director of Sport at Oxford Brookes University Keith Kelly said: “Brookes is known for its excellent track record in rowing and in 2016, had a particularly successful year with a number of record-breaking wins including Head of River and the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Regatta.
“It’s always excellent to see Brookes rowers participating for Great Britain. They are a real inspiration to the rowers in the current Brookes crews.”
After making a convincing win over Cambridge University in the first official Boat Race fixture earlier this month, Brookes Rowing’s men’s crew will meet the University of Oxford’s counterpart on Sunday 26 February.