Hartpury students are celebrating a record-breaking achievement at the Mizuno British Indoor Rowing Championships.
The team, comprising degree, diploma and A-level students, won 14 medals at the showpiece competition at the Lee Valley VeloPark – the largest number to date at for Hartpury University and Hartpury College at the event.
The superb medal haul included five golds, with Devon De Winnaar (BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy) providing Hartpury with its third successive win in the lightweight U23 women’s 2000m.
There were also gold medals for Annabel Radbourne (World Class Start programme) in the women’s openweight U23 500m, Fergus Woolnough (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Physical Education and Coaching)) in both the Sixth Form Boys’ 2000m and 500m, and Katy Kalap (A-levels) in the Sixth Form Girls’ 500m.
Annabel and Katy also broke the championship record for their 500m events.
Silver medals were won by Annabel Radbourne, Eve Wright (World Class Start programme), Katy Kalap and Alexa Browning (A-levels), while Madeline Fisher (A-levels) won two bronze medals and Eve Wright (World Class Start programme) and Zara Stewart (BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences) secured one apiece.
William King, Hartpury University Head Rowing Coach, said: “All our students who competed at the British Indoor Rowing Championships did themselves and Hartpury University and Hartpury College proud.
“As well as our record number of medals overall, the eight medals won by our university students is our highest ever, so it was a really successful day.
“To win so many medals at one of the most competitive events of the year is a fantastic achievement that highlights the depth of talent running through our rowing academies and the progress we’re making.
“It’s absolutely fantastic at this time of year to see lots of strong performances from all of the athletes and hopefully it bodes well for the upcoming season outdoors.”
In a joint initiative with Gloucester Rowing Club, Hartpury is a national centre for British Rowing’s World Class Start programme, which offers access to world-class facilities and coaching on and off the water.
The Gloucester Hartpury programme attempts to find, recruit and develop individuals with no prior rowing experience to become Olympic rowers.
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.
Picture: Devon De Winnaar (centre) and Zara Stewart (right)