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DUBC International Representations Summer 2019

(31 July 2019)

Immediately after Henley Royal Regatta three DUBC athletes went to the GB training centre at Caversham to take part in a final selection process to make the GB Under 23 Team for the World Championships.

George Bourne was selected in the Men’s Quad (4x), Lauren Irwin was selected in the Women’s Coxless Four (4-), and Oscar Lindsay was selected in the Men’s Coxed Four (4+). The boats trained at Caversham for a week before jetting off to Sarasota, Florida where the Championships were to be held.

The wall of heat that greeted them was only matched by the intensity of the racing at this years Championships with all crews having to race twice to book their spot in their A finals. The first A final of the weekend was the Men’s Coxed Four. Oscar Lindsay and his crew kept themselves in a close race for the first 1500m. With around 200m remaining of the 2000m course they put in a huge sprint and moved themselves up from fourth to the silver medal position by the finish line. They finished 0.09 seconds behind the World Champions Australia and 0.6 seconds ahead of Bronze medallists Italy. This intensity is what International racing is all about and winning a silver medal is a fantastic result.

The next final was the eagerly anticipated Men’s Quad where the defending Champions from last year were Great Britain. The German crew took an early lead and Great Britain were only able to reel them in by the 1000m marker (halfway through the race). George Bourne and his crew put in a huge move at this point to take the lead for the first time in the race and were able to hold onto it with some great sculling all the way to the finish where they became U23 World Champions! This is a phenomenal achievement and is very well deserved.

The last final for DUBC took place the next day (Sunday) with Lauren Irwin and the rest of her crew. This crew had been performing well throughout selection and training and so it was all to play for to get into the medal positions. From the start, however, they looked completely dominant over the field. They held off a late charge by the Irish combination to cross the line as World Champions for 2019. A thoroughly deserved gold medal for Lauren Irwin rounded off a fantastic championship for DUBC and the best results that DUBC athletes have ever achieved at a U23 World Rowing Championships.

The final medal tally for Great Britain was 6 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals which put them at the top of the medal table for the first time ever and marked the most successful Championships ever for Great Britain!

As well as this Ed Gardiner earned the right to represent England at the Home International Regatta through a race off at the London Docklands. He travelled to Strathclyde Park in Scotland to take part in the event and came second in the Single Scull and Quad behind Scotland.

This has been a fantastic summer for DUBC and one that we will remember for a long time. Now all returners are getting ready for next year and putting in some good training now so that they hit the ground running.

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