Brookes top five UK university for Olympic medal haul

  • With nine Olympic medals, Oxford Brookes is among the UK's top five universities in terms of success at the Games.

    Steve Williams in the men’s coxless four in Beijing 2008

    Steve Williams in the men's coxless four in Beijing 2008

    Our rowers have won five gold and four silver medals since the Sydney Games when Fred Scarlett, Ben Hunt-Davis and cox Rowley Douglas won the men's eights.

    Steve Williams followed that up with gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics in the men's coxless four and successfully defended his title in Beijing.

    The silver medal-winning men's eights in Beijing included Al Heathcote, Tom Lucy and Alex Partridge. Matt Langridge, who studied at Brookes briefly, also rowed in that squad.

    Oxford and Cambridge Universities top the UK league table with 15 medals each, followed by Loughborough with 11 medals. Oxford Brookes and Edinburgh University have nine medals each.

    The figures were published in the Olympic and Paralympic Games: The Impact of Universities report written by Universities UK.

    The report was published during Universities Week 2012. The Oxford Brookes performance is particularly pleasing because the report looked at medal wins since 1990. All the Brookes success has come since 2000.

    Members of Oxford Brookes University Boat Club rowers train for up to 25 hours each week and the undergraduate squad is arguably the strongest in the UK. It is one of five feeder squads to Team GB.