Hartpury students target place in Great Britain rowing squads

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Hartpury diploma and degree students have launched their bid to win selection to the Great Britain Rowing Teams.

Fergus Woolnough (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Physical Education and Coaching)), George Reed (Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Physical Education and Coaching)) and James Toynton (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Physical Education and Coaching)) were among 128 rowers who competed at the British Rowing junior trials in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Fergus, who won two titles at the British Rowing Junior Championships in the summer, finished in fourth place, while George claimed sixth spot and James came home in 24th position.

Hartpury University athletes Annabel Radbourne, Ben Harris, James Mackman and Bryony Lawrence also headed to Boston for the Under-23 GB trials.

Annabel, who is on GB Rowing’s World Class Start Programme at Gloucester-Hartpury, finished eighth, Ben (BSc (Hons) Sport Performance) was 12th and James (FdSc Sport Performance and Coaching) and Bryony (BA (Hons) Sports Business Management) were both 15th in their respective classes.

The next trials for the GB Under-23 and junior squads will take place in February, with final squads to be announced in June.

The GB trials came just weeks after Hartpury won individual titles, including the two for Fergus, and the team prize at the British Rowing Junior Championships at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Ben Jackson, Head Coach of Hartpury College Rowing Academy and Gloucester Hartpury Rowing Academy, said: “After another successful year, we’re really pleased with the ambition our students have shown in putting themselves forward for selection to the GB Rowing squads.

“It speaks volumes about their commitment and dedication to doing everything they can to reach the highest levels possible in the sport.

“Every one of our students who took part in the trials can be really proud of their performances and it should give them confidence ahead of upcoming competitions and the next set of trials in the new year.”

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.

Hartpury is officially accredited by a prestigious national scheme for leading the way in how it supports talented athletes in education in England.

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) formally recognises an institution’s commitment to supporting student athletes and allowing them to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.

As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartpury is an important extension of a network of universities partnered with TASS – which is backed by Sport England – delivering core support services to student athletes.

These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology, and strength and conditioning.

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