International

European Rowing U23 Championships

Four Brookes athletes have spent the summer training at the GB Rowing Centre at Caversham in preparation for the inaugural European Rowing U23 Championships in Kruszwica, Poland. They have just returned from a successful weekend of racing, capping off an outstanding summer for Brookes athletes representing Great Britain, following success at the World Rowing U23 Championships in July. Sam Nunn raced in the men’s eight, with Aisling Humphries-Griffiths, Sophia Heath and Grace MacDonald racing in the women’s eight. The men’s eight came away with a hard fought silver medal ahead of France by 0.31s and just a length behind Romania, the silver medalists from the recent World U23

Golden Weekend at EUSA 2017

Last weekend, the Brookes contingent came home with 4 golds and 1 silver from the European University Rowing Championships in Subotica, Serbia. This was the largest squad OBUBC has ever sent to EUSA of 26 athletes, with every athlete coming home with a medal. On finals day, in truly testing conditions of 16mph cross-headwinds, the Men’s 4- comprising of mainly first-year students led from the first stroke, finishing a length clear of the field to win gold. The Men’s 2- had a slightly more interesting race, rowing through the crew from Proteus, NED at halfway and holding off a late charge from German Olympians Munski & Johannesen to win gold

New club record – 5:35 – at Ghent International

It was another record-setting weekend for the men, this time switching from Nottingham to the Watersportlaan in Ghent, Belgium. The first few early rounds saw all the Brookes boat progress through to their respective finals in the Senior 4+, 4x and 8+ categories. In the 8+ event, Brookes put on a show for the spectators, putting the top 3 crews all under 5:39, and ahead of crews from Leander and Thames. The winning crew clocked in at an impressive 5:35 – a new OBUBC record for men’s 8’s, and breaking the Ghent course record that had stood since 1990 with not one, but two crews. This is also the first time the

Ghent Regatta ’17 – Women’s club record

Following on from a very strong showing at BUCS Regatta, the OBUBC women’s squad went in full force to Ghent International Regatta in Belgium, to test themselves against some of Europe’s best club programs. Super Saturday saw the women’s squad bring home gold medals in every event entered, with Alex Styles in LW U23 1x, Emily Green in U23 1x and the LW 2x of Imogen Mackie & Jen Sager all coming in first in their respective events. On the Sunday, Zoe Taylor and Robyn Armstrong raced hard to a silver medal in the U23 2x category, having been part of the 8’s racing on the Saturday. The highlight of the

New boats named for Rio Olympic medallists

On November 10th, the University welcomed Rio medallists Scott Durant and Olivia Carnegie-Brown back to campus, in order to celebrate their Olympic successes with the naming of two new 8’s in their honour, to be raced by the men’s and women’s 1st VIII’s later in the season. The ceremony was also to acknowledge the record-breaking accomplishments of the Boat Club’s performance in the 2015-16 season, across both the men’s and women’s squads. Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt, Director of Sport Keith Kelly and the BROOKES|Rowing coaching staff were joined by a wealth of rowers past and present, as well as non-rowing students there to celebrate in our alumni’s success. Olivia Carnegie-Brown came

Brookes’ GB Summer – REPORT

Following in the footsteps of our medalling Olympians, OBUBC’s athletes had a very successful summer on the international circuit, representing at three different international events. At the U23 Worlds in Rotterdam, Ben Reeves achieved a bronze medal in the LM4-, to add to his other bronze in the same event last year. The men’s 4+ of Harry Brightmore (cox), Rory Gibbs, Matthew Aldridge and Michael Glover had a very strong regatta, winning their repechage strongly, but ended up a length behind the medals in an extremely tight field. At the Senior World Championships (also in Rotterdam), Joel Cassells came away with a fantastic bronze medal in the LM2-, considering the short amount of preparation time once his crewmate, Olympic spare

Olympic Success for Brookes athletes

‘Super Saturday’ strikes again, with Brookes athletes Scott Durant and Olivia Carnegie-Brown winning a gold and silver medal, in the men’s 8+ and women’s 8+ respectively. These final, emphatic medals brought Britain to the top of the Olympic rowing table, with 3 gold and 2 silver medals. The women’s 8+ pulled strongly through the field to claim silver – GB Rowing’s first ever Olympic medal in this event. The men’s 8+, with Scott Durant crossing the line first in the bow seat, brought home the Olympic gold for the first time since Sydney 2000. This caps off a phenomenal series of World Championships for the men, with GB winning every World Championship

OBUBC’s International summer

This summer, BROOKES|Rowing has a total of 18 athletes representing Great Britain on the international stage. With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games officially begun and the Olympic Regatta well underway, GB saw five Brookes rowers performing strongly in the initial rounds. Scott Durant (in the M8+) and Olivia Carnegie-Brown (in the W8+) both came through their respective heats in a winning position – with the men’s 8+ leading from the front, and the women’s 8+ commanding the second half, both to qualify direct to their finals. Richard Chambers led his LM2x heat to halfway, well ahead of the rest of the field to qualify for the A/B semis. Brother Peter

Raking in European golds at EUSA

OBUBC are now double European Champions in the men’s and women’s blue riband 8’s events. It was great to see a repeat of BUCS Regatta earlier this year, where OBUBC took home the Championship titles in both the men’s and women’s categories Members of the squad went to Zagreb, Croatia to contest events at the EUSA European University Championships, with BROOKES|Rowing made up the largest contingent of the GB Universities squad, with 20 athletes representing in three events. The Women’s squad continued with more firsts since HRR, winning their 8+ event by 7 seconds over crews from Hamburg GER, Newcastle and Zurich SUI. On the men’s side, the guys repeated their win from last year, retaining their

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