photograph Newcastle rowing crews to race at the World Rowing U23 Championships

Newcastle University rowers and coaching staff will represent Great Britain at the 2017 World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Students Ollie Varley, Sasha Adwani and Will Stewart will be taking part in the races between 19-23 July, while Ciro Prisco will coach the Lightweight and Heavyweight men's pairs.

Ollie Varley will be part of lightweight quad, as the crew look to retain their title from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ollie, who studies for Animal Science, said: “To be competing in the world championships again is very exciting and highlights the strength and steadiness of the club and the support and coaching it offers. Returning as world champions, me and my crew will no longer be the underdogs and I hope to build on our success from last year.”

Sasha Adwani (cox) returns to the women’s eight, after winning silver in Rotterdam last year. The Biology student said: “I'm very proud and extremely excited to be competing at the world championships. My two aims for this year were to complete my degree to a high standard in final year and to be selected for worlds so I'm glad the hard work has payed-off. I've been using my experience from last year’s silver medal to build into this year’s championships with an aim to push on from last year’s result.

Will Stewart will be competing with teammate Freddie Davidson from Cambridge University in the men’s Lightweight and Heavyweight pair. The duo will be cached by one of Newcastle University’s rowing coaches, Ciro Prisco.

Ciro joined Newcastle University Boat Club from Lancaster University where he was the Head Rowing Coach. As a rower, Ciro has won multiple international trophies with the Italian National Team.

He said: “This is my first time coaching U23 at an international level and one of my greatest experiences. I expect to have a really good race in the Lightweight and Heavyweight evets. They key to success of our team is the very good power to weight ratio and the fact the Will and Freddie come from two of the best rowing programmes in the UK - Newcastle and Cambridge Universities.

“We are here because Newcastle University rowing did very well this year and we have a very strong team. We’re delighted we’ll be representing this team in Bulgaria. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Head of Rowing, Angelo Savarino and Rowing Coach, Alex Leigh.”

Ivan Lazarov

published on: 21st July 2017