In one of the most successful Senior World Championships in many years, there were several Brookes athletes leading the charge for the British team.
There was huge success for Brookes athletes racing in Racice, Czech Republic. The British Men’s Eight completed an unbeaten season, claiming victory at World Cup I, World Cup III, the European Championships and Henley Royal Regatta. Harry Brightmore, Morgan Bolding, Rory Gibbs, Tom Digby and David Bewicke-Copley became the first World Champions GB have had in the event since 2015. In their final, they led from start to finish despite a late charge from the Dutch, in a race showcasing their pure dominance over the rest of the world, the British won by over a second.
There was more success seen in the Men’s Four: Sam Nunn and Freddie Davidson were joined by David Ambler after Matt Aldridge sadly had to miss out with COVID. Great Britain were initially led to halfway by rivals Australia, the current Olympic Champions; but after a strong 3rd 500m, the Four put their bow ball ahead and stretched out their lead to win by over a length. In total, nine Brookes athletes came home with Gold Medals.
Current student Frankie Allen was a part of a cohort of athletes on the GB Para Rowing team, who were the first ever to win gold medals in two events at the same championships. She claimed Gold in the PR3 Women’s Pair and then in the PR3 Mix4+. It caps an incredible season for Frankie, where not only did she make her international debut, but she also went unbeaten throughout the whole year becoming both World & European Champion.
These results are a huge testament to the hard work of so many individuals, families and coaches over a number of years. To be a part of aiding these athletes on their journeys to the pinnacle of our sport is a phenomenal privilege for all at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club.
As the season ends for our senior athletes, the new one has already begun for the group back in Cholsey. We really look forward to welcoming back all of our athletes over the next couple of months with Fours Head on the horizon, where all will compete in Brookes colours once again.
📸 On behalf of British Rowing