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Internal News - 05 September 2005

Bath Alumni and University Rowers win at City of Oxford Royal Regatta

Rowers from the Bath Meles (Alumni) Boat Club joined forces with our current crop of student rowers to take three trophies at the City of Oxford Royal Regatta.

Thirty eight past and present athletes from the University of Bath Rowing Club descended on Oxford in late August, and watched current University cox, Alison Holmes, join recent graduates Sarah Rowe, Anna Brown, Kim Clitter and Laura Gill (pictured) to take one of the oldest trophies on offer at this prestigious regatta.

Earlier in the day, three ex-presidents of the University Boat Club started the day with a victory in the men's eights, followed by a victory in the men's singles by one of the current squad.

Club Chair Tom Booth stated how important the Alumni were in respect of financial support and also as a pathway for graduates who wanted to continue rowing, balancing the sport with their new careers. "I have just spent 14 months on placement in London and was lucky to find a number of the Bath Alumni already rowing together. New jobs tend to create a lot of pressure on time which makes it very hard to train and row in a set crew, the Meles Club is a bit more relaxed and geared up to supporting the current University club".

Chris Brooking, Meles President, recently committed £5,000 of raised funds towards the Rowing Club's Boathouse Fund. Chris said that he had started his rowing career at the University with many others and now that they were working it was time that they gave something back.

The Rowing Alumni will be holding their next big reunion at the University of Bath on Saturday 1 April 2006 with all proceeds going towards the Boathouse Fund.

Matt Rayner, VP Sport, welcomed the support of the Meles Boat Club and added, "We are trying to raise around £18,000 in order to build the Club a boathouse at the Newbridge site; the Alumni are crucial partners in realising these plans before the new term starts."