Boat Club Varsity

Issue date: 20 April 2009

Boat Club Varsity Boat Club Varsity
UWE vs University of Bristol
Bristol Harbourside
25 April 2009

The University of the West of England and the University of Bristol will face each other on the water on Saturday 25 April 2009 in the annual Boat Club Varsity. Olympic gold medallist Peter Reed, an ex-UWE Boat Club President, and a double World Champion in the Men's Coxed four will row as part of the UWE alumni crew, made up of ex-students who return to the city to represent their University.

The Boat Club Varsity is one of the highlights of this series of sporting challenges between students at Bristol's two universities. The varsity series is a heady mix of fun and rivalry, with an increasing number of students and spectators enjoying the events.

The Boat Club Varsity on 25 April precedes the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) regatta and serves as a great launch pad for the Metropolitan, Marlow and Henley Royal and Women's Henley Royal Regattas.

Since its inaugural race in 1995 the event has taken on a prestige of its own. Both the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol are now two of the biggest British Rowing Universities.

One of the most spectacular courses around, the race takes place over 1.3 kilometers passing the SS Great Britain, Maritime Heritage Museum and the amphitheatre. The course should take the athletes approximately five minutes.

James Hall (UWE Boat Club President) says, “This event brings with it a great sense of anticipation and rivalry for the squad. The scale of the crowd and the months of training by both crews make the men's first eights race one of great excitement. We have been building towards this event since November with high levels of competition for seats and huge levels of desire to compete in the Varsity Crew. Throughout the season we have been trading victories between our respective first eights and this event should settle the rivalry for the season.”

Hannah Lawton, Captain of the UWE Women's squad, said, “Last year UWE's Boat Club senior crews fought with passion and determination for the two pivotal trophies. These varsity matches are tense affairs, and the crew welcome all the encouragement they can get. I hope that this year the races are entertaining and contested in the right spirit. UWE's women's squad has consistently delivered results over the years and with the focus, drive and strength this year, the races on the day will be tense and full of emotion as each university crew strives to wear their universities colours with pride.”

Speaking about the Varsity series, UWE Sports President Lily Priggs says, “Last year UWE exceeded expectation in the Varsity series by bringing back 8 of the 13 trophies. This year we're looking forward to the challenge of the Boat Club Varsity. It's a great spectator sport and we're hoping for a good crowd to support us and cheer us on.”

For further information and results see: Varsity Series 2009

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