UWE graduate selected for GB Olympic squad

Issue date: 04 May 2005


Issue date: 04/05/05

Peter Reed, ex-UWE Rowing Club President (2002/3), has been selected to represent Great Britain in the top boat, the coxless four, for the rowing world cup in the UK and through until the Beijing Olympic games 2008. Peter recently won the Great Britain Senior Rowing trials in Hazewinkel, Belgium with Oxford University Club mate Andy Hodge. They beat Steve Williams, Olympic Gold medalist in the coxless four in Athens, and his partner Alex Partridge by 3 lengths.

Peter’s success has been quite astonishing, considering he had never rowed before coming to study at the University of the West of England (UWE) in September 2000.

He started rowing in 2001/2 under the guidance of Olympic Silver Medallist, Fred Smallbone, the UWE Men’s coach, and has consistently improved year on year. He graduated from UWE’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in 2003 and went to Oxford University to study for his Masters. He was a member of the Oxford crew who lost to Cambridge in 2004 but gained revenge in this year’s Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race.

Peter led the UWE Boat Club to its first victory over University of Bristol Boat Club in the annual varsity Boat Race in the Bristol Harbourside in 2003. In doing so he set the tone for the development of the UWE BC which saw them become the top University Club at this year’s British Universities Sports Association, Head of the River Trent in Nottingham.

Speaking about his achievements Peter, a Royal Navy Officer, says, “I am really proud to be rowing for my country and it is thanks to UWE that I discovered and pursued my interest in rowing. I was really looking forward to rowing for the UWE alumni crew in this year’s Annual Varsity Boat Race - but sadly I won’t now be able to be there as I am racing with the British coxless four at Dorney that day. I will certainly miss being with my old team mates but I wish the UWE team good luck on the day!”

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

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