Success on Super Saturday for Brookes Olympians
Monday, 15 August 2016
Three Oxford Brookes alumni took home Olympic medals this weekend competing on the final day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Regatta.
Oxford Brookes University Boat Club athlete Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Leander Club member Zoe de Toledo made history as part of the women’s eight crew by winning the silver medal in a thrilling photo-finish. The win marked the first time an Olympic medal has been won by a British women’s eight.
To see Brookes rowers perform at the highest level in the world has been fantastic. The Brookes Boat Club has had huge successes this year and this is testament to the hard work and dedication to all of our elite athletes and coaches.Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Speaking to BBC South Today yesterday about how their success could inspire young people in the area, Olivia said: “I was at Oxford Brookes University and the training programme there is absolutely incredible, it gave me the real spirit that I have today for rowing. It’s a huge rowing hub so there’ll be a lot of rowers there hopefully inspired by us and the boys.”
Minutes later, the men’s eight, including alumnus Scott Durant, took the gold medal for the first time since 2000. Saturday’s performances put Team GB at the top of the Olympic Regatta’s medal table with three gold medals and two silvers overall.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “We are extremely proud of our athletes who have competed at the Games over the last week, including our Chancellor, Dr Katherine Grainger.
“To see Brookes rowers perform at the highest level in the world has been fantastic. The Brookes Boat Club has had huge successes this year and this is testament to the hard work and dedication to all of our elite athletes and coaches.”
Brothers Peter Chambers and Richard Chambers won the B finals in the lightweight men’s four and lightweight men’s double scull respectively and Matthew Tarrant also won the men’s pair reserves’ race comfortably.
A full report can be read on the OBUBC website.
Last week, Oxford Brookes’ Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger CBE won her fifth Olympic medal and became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.
Pictured: The Brookes women's eight crew after winning gold at the European Universities Games in July and news coverage after Katherine Grainger's silver medal win last week