It all ends in a draw after a big day at Loughborough
World Gold for DUBC Alumnus in Amsterdam
(4 September 2014)
A brilliant year of international racing for DUBC alumni was topped off with a successful World Championships in Amsterdam last week. Among the highlights was a gold medal for Simon Barr, who was representing Germany in the lightweight men’s eight.
Earlier in the season, there were also three European Championship medals for Durham alumni in Belgrade.
Barr, who was part of the lightweight group coached by Peter Lee at Durham, was in seat two of the German boat which came home ahead of Italy by more than two and a half seconds.
Elsewhere Rob Morgan, who now coaches for the British Squad, saw his lightweight men’s pair and lightweight men’s four both come away with bronze medals from the championships.
After securing bronze at the European Championships, Will Fletcher won the B final in Amsterdam with Jamie Kirkwood partnering him in the lightweight men’s double sculls.
Another European bronze medallist, Phil Congdon in the men’s eight, just missed out on making the team in Amsterdam- in the end the British boat secured World Championship gold.
In the women’s team, Louisa Reeve secured a silver medal at the European Championships in the women’s eight, but could only help her boat to 6th place in Amsterdam.
Lucinda Gooderham in the women’s quadruple sculls finished 3rd in the B final at the World Championships, after earning a fifth place in Belgrade earlier this year.
In addition to great representation of Durham alumni on the elite circuit this year, DUBC can also take pride in the fact that three of the alumni: Rob Morgan, Phil Congdon and Lucinda Gooderham, all learnt to row at the University.