UEL rowers defy the odds
PUBLISHED: 12:08 08 March 2012
Despite extremely testing conditions, a team of high performance scholarship athletes from the University of East London (UEL) defied the odds to win gold in a high profile universities’ rowing competition.
In the recent British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Rowing 4s and 8s held in Peterborough, the team of Alan Sinclair, Tom Wilkinson, John Collins and David Bell overcame 4.5 kilometres of rough and freezing waters to see off Loughborough and Durham Universities – both of whom have Team GB oarsmen in their line-ups.
Even though the UEL crew set off last in their event, as they were a new entry, they still managed to ease past seven crews in unsettled waters.The victory takes this year’s UEL rowing club medal tally to six so far.
After competing with more than 50 universities, making up more than 600 rowers, the UEL rowing team are now looking forward to an even larger rowing event – the Henley Royal Regatta 2012. Speaking about their victory, Wilkinson said: “It’s a great feeling to record a win on my first ever race for UEL. We got off to a fantastic start. I’m delighted that we won by such a big margin.”
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