Newcastle University’s Women’s eight (W8) team triumphed with gold, and the Men’s coxless four (M4-) took the silver at the 8th European Universities Rowing Championship.
The strong performance of Newcastle University’s crews helped team Great Britain scoop an overall third place at the championship, which was held in Poznan, Poland and featured 349 rowers from 14 countries. Athletes from 62 European universities participated in the tournament, which took place between September 5 and 8.
The Women’s eight sailed for the gold with 07.28m, ahead of Université de Lorraine, France (07.33m) and University of Hamburg, Germany (07.38m). From the very beginning the Newcastle University rowers were unmatched and their impressive victory was not threatened even for a moment in the prestigious discipline.
The Men’s coxless four finished in 06.58m, which guaranteed them the silver medals. The quad outperformed traditional powerhouses, such as the University of Economy Bydgoszcz, Poland (finished 3rd) and the hosts- Poznan University of Technology (5th).
Newcastle University’s athletes played a vital role in ensuring the success of team Great Britain, which won the overall bronze for a second time in a row since 2011. Colin Blackburn, Director of Sport at Newcastle University, said: ‘We are delighted with the medals achieved by our women’s eight and men’s coxless four in Poznan. The performances of the crews are a testament to the ability and commitment of the athletes and coaches, who have been training throughout the long summer vacation, and to the high performance rowing programme that these athletes follow’.
Germany won the overall gold at the championship, followed by Poland and Great Britain. The top five was completed by Austria and Switzerland.
Newcastle is one of the leading universities for sport in the UK and is consistently ranked within the top 12 out of 152 higher education institutions in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings. More than 50 student-led sports clubs are supported through a team of professional staff and a network of indoor and outdoor sports facilities based over four sites.
published on: 9th September 2013