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Chemistry researcher wins gold at Henley tournament

Leanne Knight, a researcher at the School, was part of the Newcastle University team that won gold at the 2017 Henley Women’s Regatta.

Leanne was part of the Academic 8+ and her team raced over 1500m, setting a new course record in the semi-final. They then broke the record for a second time in the final, with a finishing time of 4mins 48s to win the Colgan Foundation Cup.

Leanne, part of the Medicinal Chemistry Research Group, is currently studying for an MPhil degree under the supervision of Prof. Mike Waring. She is carrying out her research on a part-time basis to allow her to balance her scientific research and her rowing commitments.

Leanne said,

"Balancing a sport with university commitments can be tough, especially when training twice a day with the first session starting at 5:30 am, but the results you get from hard work both on the boat and in the lab make it worth it. Time management is key to being able to perform well in a sport and dedicate enough time to an intensive degree - something I'm still working on!

Winning Women's Henley has been the highlight of the year for me as it is ultimately what we have trained for all year. Whilst there were many ups and downs in terms of training and results, to win the biggest race of the year for us shows that persistence pays off.”

SNES research Leanne Knight (5th from the left) celebrates winning gold with the Newcastle University Academic 8+
Leanne Knight (5th from the left) celebrates winning gold with the Newcastle University Academic 8+

published on: 17 August 2017