2012 has been an incredibly successful year for the UEL rowing club, and that success was recognised when they were awarded the Club of the Year at the recent UEL Sports Awards Dinner.
The year got off to a good start with European University (EUSA) gold in the double sculls for John Collins and Alan Sinclair in September, and ended with an emphatic win in the Men’s quadruple sculls at the BUCS regatta in May. In between UEL Boat Club won a further 11 BUCS Championship medals, including our first ever female rowing title, ran two successful Learn-to-Row programmes, and developed a fearsome reputation within university rowing. The novice and intermediate crews are also starting to reap the benefits of our first dedicated rowing coach.
John and Alan’s EUSA gold in Moscow was the first podium finish of any UEL crew at this level. The Leander club mates were clear winners of the event, and set the tone for the season to follow. Other highlights included an emphatic victory at the Small Boats Head for Rebecca Humphreys and Merle Schaefer in the lightweight double sculls despite never having raced together, and a trio of victories for the quartet of Tom Wilkinson, Alan Sinclair, John Collins and David Bell.
Outside the busy BUCS schedule all members of the senior crew have been busy trialling for the various opportunities to row for GB over the summer. Rhiannon Jones, one of our regular bloggers, made it to the final two when trialling for the cox position in the adaptive rowing team for the Paralympic Games, but unfortunately just missed out at the final selection. John, Alan, Dave, Tom, David and Rebecca all performed well at the trials, and though they just missed out on Olympic selection this time around, they will be looking to represent GB at European Seniors and World University Championships later this summer.
One of the highlights of the domestic rowing calendar, the Henley Royal Regatta, will take place next weekend, and our scholars will be looking for a repeat of their 2011 successes with their respective Leander, Henley and London Rowing Club crews.
The club have gone from strength to strength since its founding two years ago, and credit must go to Club President Natalie Campbell, Club Captain Danielle Baggaley and coach Cyril Cornett for all their hard work. With new training and competition opportunities in the pipe-line for the coming academic year, we look forward to an even more successful year for rowers of all levels at UEL.
Below is the full list of BUCS medals won by UEL rowers during the 2011-2012 season.
BUCS Small Boats Head in October
- Gold Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls (Rebecca Humphreys and Merle Schaefer)
- Silver Men’s Double Sculls (David Bell and John Collins)
- Bronze Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls (Rebecca Humphreys)
- Bronze Men’s Pair (John Collins and David Bell)
BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships
- Bronze Men’s Lightweight (David Loveday)
BUCS 4s and 8s Head
- Gold Men’s Quadruple Sculls (John Collins, Alan Sinclair, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Bell)
- Gold Men’s Coxed Four (John Collins, Alan Sinclair, Dave Bell, Tom Wilkinson and Rhiannon Jones)
- Gold Men’s Quadruple Sculls (John Collins, Alan Sinclair, Dave Bell and Tom Wilkinson)
- Silver Men’s Single Sculls (John Collins)
- Silver Men’s Double Sculls (John Collins and Alan Sinclair)
- Bronze Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls (David Loveday)
- Bronze Men’s Pair (Tom Wilkinson and Alan Sinclair)