Eight GB universities to race at EUSA Rowing Championship
13 crews drawn from eight British universities will race at the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Rowing Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland from 7-10 September
Following qualification at the BUCS Regatta, the crews will race against some of the best university crews from around Europe. The British boats feature athletes including U23 internationals, Boat Race winners and, for many, it will be their first step on the international stage.
Imperial College London will send a total of seventeen students, racing across four boat classes (Men’s eight and pair and Women’s four and pair). Meanwhile, representing Royal Holloway, London, in the lightweight women’s single scull, is Annabelle Ruinet, who just a few weeks ago raced in the Lightweight women’s double scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships.
Also represented across the single sculls events will be Birmingham (Women’s single scull), Derby (Lightweight men’s single scull), and Strathclyde (Lightweight men’s single scull). Surrey will field a Men’s single scull and also a Lightweight women’s double scull of the formidable Kennedy twins, Leonie and Sacha, who are well known on the lightweight sculling scene.
Nottingham takes two crews to Poland, a women’s quad and a lightweight men’s double scull. The crews will be coached by Pete Boyes, who himself has previously raced at the EUSA Regatta. Speaking about the experience, Pete said: “The EUSA Rowing Championships are a great event for the whole delegation each year. As an athlete you get to take a solid result at BUCS Regatta and try and convert it into another against some of the best student rowers from around Europe. It’s also one of the first chances to measure up to other athletes on an international stage. For a coach, it’s a continuation of this, giving an opportunity to experience how other top programmes manage their crews in this environment while testing out your own system.”
Lightweight Boat Race winners from Cambridge, Olivia Alliott and Madeline Jackson will race in the women’s pair at EUSA, but in the openweight category, hoping to follow in the footsteps of GB Olympian Imogen Grant who represented Cambridge in the same boat class at EUSA Regatta in 2016.
The regatta is often a stepping-stone for rowers towards representing Great Britain at a higher level. Indeed, many of the senior GB Rowing Team racing at the World Rowing Championships this week have previously represented their university at a EUSA Regatta, including: Tom Barras (Cardiff), Annie Campbell-Orde (Loughborough), John Collins (East London), Emily Craig (London), Emily Ford (Newcastle), Tom Ford (Newcastle), Imogen Grant (Cambridge) and James Rudkin (Newcastle).
Commenting on what racing at EUSA meant to her, Emily Ford said: “It was great to race at EUSA and take our University crews on to an International stage. It gave me good international experience for further on in my rowing career.”
Speaking ahead of the Championships, Team Manager James Lee said: “After several years of disruption, it’s great to have the EUSA Regatta firmly back in the calendar and a good number of British crews racing. It has been inspiring seeing rowers move on from racing at EUSA and progressing towards World Championships and Olympic Games. I’m excited to see this year’s team race, but also what they do in the future.”
GB Universities Team 2023
University of Birmingham
W1x: Kathryn Mole
University of Cambridge
W2-: Olivia Alliott, Madeline Jackson
LM1x: Ollie Hanks
Imperial College London
M8+: Cassian Cockings, Kit Gordon-Brown, Danny Shaw, Josh Bateman, Ben James, Matt Gummow, Dan Kirwan, Finn Bannister, (cox) Zahir Ala
W4-: Y Khalife, O Johnson, L Boles, L Kapcos
M2-: Aksel Cauki, Riley Horrix
W2-: Evelyn Lees, Bonnie Price
University of Nottingham
W4x: Izzy Blake Hurworth, Emmie Kirkhope, Holly Burke, Sinead Turner-Frick
LM2x: James Lawn, Lucas Salmon Hernandez
Royal Holloway, University of London
LW1x: Annabelle Ruinet
University of Strathclyde
LM1x: Ben Parsonage
University of Surrey
LW2x: Sacha Kennedy, Leonie Kennedy
M1x: Tom Fortnum
Coaching and Support Team
James Lee – Team Manager
Jamie Wilton – University of Birmingham
Sam Clark – University of Cambridge
Tessa Millar – Imperial College London
Pete Boyes – University of Nottingham
Maks Orzel – Royal Holloway, University of London
Christopher Parsonage – University of Strathclyde
Sam Tuck – University of Surrey