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Durham dominate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Small Boats Head 28/10/2009

The cream of University rowers were competing at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Rowing Small Boats Head this weekend which was once again run in conjunction with the 1st GB Rowing Team Assessment in Boston.

The event which attracted record entries saw rowers from 27 universities compete on the 5km course on the river Witham. The first two divisions were a combination of BUCS entries and GB Rowing Team trialists who competed in single sculls.

For the third division, which was solely BUCS athletes, the course had to be slightly shortened taking into account the weather conditions.

Durham University once again dominated the event taking away 10 medals (three gold, two silver and bronze). One of the most notable performances was from Emily Taylor who took gold in the Women’s Championship sculls event and in the GB Rowing Team trials was only a few seconds behind Debbie Flood who was returning to action following a year out after winning a silver medal at the previous two Olympic Games.

For the 2nd division, Emily joined her partner Jessica Budgett in the Championship double sculls, where they took a bronze medal. The bronze was won by Rosie Gaunt and Sarah Cowburn, also from Durham.

Imperial College was also successful with two golds, three silvers and a bronze. Their gold medals were won in the lightweight men’s pairs by Alex Gillies and Ole Tietz and also in the Women’s Championship Double Sculls by Erica Thompson and Mathilde Pauls.

Fiona Rennie, Chair of the BUCS Rowing Sport Management Group said: “We would like to acknowledge the enthusiasm and support from the GB Rowing team staff and coaches in planning and running the event . There were a lot of smiling faces at the end of the day and we hope to see many of those faces again at the Championship and Beginner Head in February.”

Sonja Stockton, Head of Recruitment at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said: “We would like to congratulate the winners and contestants of the small boats head competition. We recognise the talent, determination and skill that it takes to become a leading sports man and woman, all of which are valuable employability skills.”

Full results from the event are now available on the BUCS Rowing pages

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