photograph Newcastle rowers will represent Great Britain at an international event

Newcastle University graduates have been named as part of the GB Rowing Team at the Senior World Championships in the USA.

Gemma Hall, James Rudkin, Tim Clarke and Tom Ford are amongst 64 athletes, including 14 Olympians, four gold medallists and two Rio 2016 Paralympic champions, who will be rowing for Great Britain in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, between 23 September and 1 October. The same alumni competed with the GB Senior Squad at the 3rd World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland in July.

James Rudkin, who was named as the most promising under 23 male rower in the UK by GB Rowing, will be in the men’s eights. The History graduate said: "It’s awesome to be given this opportunity to race at the highest level. We've all spent a long time working up to this moment and it's incredible to finally achieve this."

Gemma Hall, who competed for Team Wales at the Commonwealth regatta, is part of the lightweight quad crew. She said: “Tough racing is what we train so hard all year for so I can't wait to get to Florida and get stuck in the middle of all the amazing races at the world championships."

Tim Clarke and Tom Ford, both 2015 graduates, will form the Men’s Coxed Pair. This means Newcastle University Boat Club will have a crew consisting solely of Newcastle University rowers at the Senior World Championships.

Tom said: “I'm so excited to be selected for my first Senior World Championships."

Tim added: “I’m very happy to be selected in a crew with long standing crew mate Tom Ford. I can't wait to race."

Tim, James and Tom, together with teammate Sam Arnot, were part of the men's eight crew that scooped the silver medals in Belgrade, Serbia at the World Rowing Cup series, while Gemma was in lightweight quad crew that won the silver medals in Lucerne. Tom and James were in 2014 winners of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at the Henley Roy Regatta. The duo also won gold in the Coxless Four and the Men’s Eight finals at the U23 Rowing Championships last year.

All rowers previously represented several times Great Britain at the U23 and/or Universities World Championships when students at Newcastle.

Newcastle University Boat Club were ranked 4th overall in BUCS for 2016/17. The men won the Victor Ludorum (VL) at the BUCS 4’s and 8’s Head in February on the river Tyne and at the BUCS Regatta in May they gained a total of 16 medals (5 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze).  The women nationally had their best ever set of results at the women’s Henley Regatta with the Senior coxless 4 and Academic 8 winning their respective races and the Senior 8 runners up.

Ivan Lazarov

published on: 12th September 2017