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Student rowers to prove themselves ready at the BUCS Small Boats Head 22/10/2008

Following on from the success of the Team GB rowers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where students and alumni brought home five of the six Olympic rowing medals, this weekend (25 – 26 October 2008) will see the first BUCS rowing event of the season take place at Boston Rowing Club, Lincolnshire.

A record 120 entries with almost 400 athletes from 25 university rowing clubs will be competing in the BUCS Small Boats Head. For the first time, the event is being run in conjunction with GB Rowing’s first senior trials, giving students the opportunity to gain a place in the national squad while at the same time being eligible for BUCS points and medals.

GB Rowing has just under 300 entries for the trials in the single sculls events, of which over half will also be representing their university. Many of those trialists will then go on to race in one of the BUCS events in double sculls and coxless pairs in the afternoon divisions.

All athletes competing in the trial will be required to do a 2km ergometer test on Saturday 25 October to qualify to compete the following day. Students who are eligible to compete for BUCS will be allowed to race on Sunday regardless of their result on the ergo, providing an opportunity to prove themselves on the water. The ergo test has also attracted entries from a few university students who are not taking part in the GB Trials, but are competing to be included in the BUCS rankings, including 19 entries from Oxford University Women’s Boat Club.

Sunday 26 October promises to provide some exciting racing, particularly in the Men’s Championship coxless pairs, which has a record breaking 30 entries, including 13 from Oxford Brookes University alone.


For further information please contact Jenni Anderson, Head of Communications,
BUCS on 020 7633 5088.

Notes to editors

  • Entries for the small boats head competition have now closed
  • BUCS Rowing has two other rowing events taking place in the 2008/09 season. These include the Championship and Beginners Head (14-15 February 2009) on the Trent in Nottingham and the Championship Regatta (2-4 May 2009) at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

Olympic rowing medallists 2008


Men’s Fours
Tom James, (Cambridge), Peter Reed (University of West England & Oxford), Andy Triggs-Hodge (Staffordshire University & Oxford), Steve Williams (Oxford Brookes)


Men’s Eights
Richard Egington (Reading), Alastair Heathcote (Newcastle & Oxford Brookes), Tom Lucy (Oxford Brookes), Acer Nethercott (Oxford), Alex Partridge (Oxford Brookes), Colin Smith (Oxford), Tom Stallard (Cambridge & Brunel) and Josh West (Cambridge & Yale)

Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Katherine Grainger (Edinburgh), Debbie Flood (Reading), Frances Houghton (King’s College, London) and Annie Vernon (Cambridge)


Women’s Double Sculls
Anna Bebington (Cambridge & Reading) and Elise Laverick (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Men’s Double Sculls
Stephen Rowbotham (Durham) and Matt Wells (St Mary’s)

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