Hartpury rowers are crowned British champions


Hartpury College A-level and diploma students have been crowned national champions following a series of stunning performances at the British Rowing Junior Championships.

After winning a medal in every event they entered, the team picked up the Victor Ludorum as the most successful club at the regatta at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

A-level student Rhiannon Morgan won three women’s titles – the J18 women’s single, the J18 women’s double with Charlotte Enright (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Fitness)), and the J18 women’s quad with Charlotte Enright and A-level students Karrie Spencer and Ruth Mcateer.

Fergus Woolnough (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences, September 2019 entry) won two men’s titles – the J16 men’s single and the J18 men’s quad alongside Tiernan Purkess (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences), Peter Howard (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences) and George Reed (Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence – Rowing and Modern Pentathlon).

Peter Howard also picked up a bronze medal in the J18 men’s single, while George Reed won a bronze medal in the J18 men’s double alongside Gloucester-Hartpury teammate Robert Kilgour.

Ben Jackson, Head Coach (FE) of the Gloucester Hartpury Rowing Academy, said: “We couldn’t be more proud of our students who competed at the British Rowing Junior Championships – they really showed off the hard work they’ve put in over the past year.

“Virtually every athlete reached the semi-finals of their event, while the squad won a medal in every event we entered.

“Winning the Victor Ludorum is particularly special as it shows the depth of strength we have in the squad, it’s a real team effort.

Rowing students and coaches at Hartpury benefit from outstanding land-based training facilities, including a new £8.8 million Sports Academy, alongside water-based training at Gloucester Rowing Club’s new £1.6million boathouse.

Picture: Hartpury's Victor Ludorum winners at the 2019 British Rowing Junior Championships (credit: British Rowing)

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