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Rowing bronze for Loughborough at European Championships

Laurian Pepper and Athalie Redwood-Brown in Poland

Laurian Pepper and Athalie Redwood-Brown in Poland

Loughborough University sports scholars Laurian Pepper and Athalie Redwood-Brown won bronze for Britain at the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Rowing Championships in Poland last weekend (2-5 September).

The duo, competing in the Lightweight Double Scull, finished behind crews from Polish and German Universities, completing the 2km course in seven minutes 56.91 seconds to add to the gold they won at the BUCS National Student Rowing Championships earlier in the year.

A Loughborough men’s Quadruple Sculls also impressed in the Polish town of Kruszwica. Competing in their first ever international regatta the quartet of Alex Tarrant, Tom Pryor and scholars Pete Muhley and Ed Whitely reached the finals in a tough field that included crews en route from the World Championships held in Poland a week earlier. 

Underlining this impressive achievement is the fact Muhley and former University rugby player Whitely only took up the sport two years ago at Loughborough and are now part of British Rowing’s World Class Start programme.

Loughborough rowing coach Mitch Rosenlund and Nottingham World Class Start coach Julie Edwards prepared the crews in the lead-up to the event with Edwards accompanying the GB team to Poland.

"It was a great regatta for the entire British University team,” said Rosenlund. “The standard of racing was world class and both our Loughborough crews raced hard and achieved terrific results. A bronze for the girls and a sixth for the boys is something the team should be very proud of.

“I’d also like to thank Julie for her invaluable contribution and commitment to our programme and for travelling to Poland with the team.”

The Loughborough six were part of a 97-strong Team GBR representing 18 Universities from across the country. Britain claimed one gold, four silver and six bronze medals to finish second overall on the medal table behind hosts Poland, improving on their fourth-place finish last year.

Closer to home, Loughborough’s student rowers return to the town over the next week in readiness for their pre-season camp which kicks off on Saturday 19 September.

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Amanda Overend
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Loughborough University
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E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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