2nd March 2005
UNIVERSITY ROWER TAKES SILVER
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Forensic Science student from the
Sumner (18) from Evesham in Worcestershire represented the university at the
annual competition held in Nottingham, where he gained second place after
losing out to Kris Coventry of
competed in a ‘head’ race – a long-distance time trial - along 3,000 metres of
the River Trent in Nottingham against several other university rowing teams
Universities Rowing (BUR) head competition featured the two fastest British
student crews amongst an entry of over 1,100 athletes. Despite the competition
being in just its third year, 186 crews represented a total of 35 national
universities and made it the largest student head race in Europe and one of the
major student sports events in the
Chris has practised rowing for nine years and has formerly achieved a bronze medal in the 2002 British Rowing Championships.
”It was very nerve-racking to be the university’s sole rowing representative, especially since I was competing against many other established rowing clubs from other universities,” said Chris.
The university already has a canoe club, but Chris hopes to help establish a university rowing club in the future to help develop student interest in the sport. “The problem with rowing is the expenses involved. A boat costs around £2,000 and maintenance and transport are also very costly,” he said.
The university’s AU and
Societies President Phil Bell is very pleased with Chris’ success. “It is
impressive to see that the
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