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Olympic rowers inspire Royal Holloway's student teams

Posted on 30/07/2012

Royal Holloway's women's crew at Henley Regatta

As the world’s rowing elite prepare to battle it out for sought-after Olympic medals, we take a look look at some of the achievements of the College’s Rowing Club over the past year and their pride at sharing their campus with their rowing heroes.

This year has seen the club show real promise, with a number of wins at a regional and national level.

Teddington presented the first competition of the new season and remained a highlight for the year. Despite some inexperience, the women’s crew put in a convincing performance destroying all competition resulting in a comfortable win. The men’s squad also put in a solid effort, finishing with a strong second place.

Second term brought the BUCS Head event with the women’s crew again proving themselves as worthy competitors achieving 5thplace overall, the best result the Boat Club has achieved. This success pre-qualified them for the BUCS regatta, where they fought to the final, losing out to Glasgow University.

The women’s success continued through to summer term, making it into the top eight at Henley women’s regatta. Drawing Edinburgh in the semi final meant the end but having given everything they could, the success was a proud achievement.

Ed Resek, president of the Royal Holloway Boat Club commented: “All this success is even more impressive when you consider that three of the girls in the boat, and one of their coxes, were 100% rowing beginners at the start of the year.”

Royal Holloway is extremely proud to be the Official Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village but it has been a particular privilege for the College’s rowers, with some of their heroes staying on campus.

Ed said: “Having the Olympic squads come to stay on our patch offers validation to our own rowers. When the best rowers in the world come to visit it serves as a reminder that rowing is one of the oldest and most important sports in Olympic history.

“The College’s recent decision to buy the Boathouse that we use and to heavily invest in the future of rowing at Royal Holloway is further proof of that. I'm entirely confident that the incoming committee are going to capitalise on this and continue building on our success so far,” he added.


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