WORLD ROWING UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – UL athletes win GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE

Posted by | International, Races | July 25, 2017

UL athletes have returned from the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE medals, along with further A  final placings.

Patrick SULLIVAN (UCL) and Josh KENT (UCL), selected as stern pair of the Great Britain Men’s Coxed Four, raced to a fantastic SILVER medal on Saturday afternoon, over hauling the USA in the sprint for the line.

Charlotte HODGKINS-BYRNE (Royal Holloway) was selected in the GB Women’s Eight. But an illness in the GB Women’s Quad on Saturday morning meant her being asked to sub into the 4x. The crew lead from start to finish in the A final, and Hodgkins-Byrne and her crew mates were croweded U23 World Champions.

Four UL athletes made up half of the GB Women’s Eight; Georgia STATHAM (UCL)Ally FRENCH (Birkbeck), Charlotte HODGKINS-BYRNE (Royal Holloway) and Ellie STEWART. After tough racing they made the A Final, eventually placing 6th. The GB Men’s Eight with UL representative Arthur DOYLE on board and coached by UL coach Brian Young won BRONZE in Sunday afternoon’s A final.

UL Chief Coach Phil Gray coached the GB Women’s Eight for these Championships, and UL Senior Coach Hugo Gulliver coached the GB Women’s Coxless Four. UL alumni were also present in Bulgaria with Lady Ann Redgrave, providing medical support to the GB team, and Roger Meager coaching with the Canadian team.