CUWBC at the World U23 Rowing Championships

CUWBC had 3 athletes selected to represent Great Britain at this year’s World U23 Rowing Championships, all of whom learned to row at Cambridge University.

Imogen Grant (Trinity), Oonagh Cousins (Gonville & Caius) and Thea Zabell (Downing) all learned to row with their respective College Boat Clubs in October 2014 before joining CUWBC’s Development Squad. They have since all gone on to win Boat Races with CUWBC and this month, raced at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Imogen Grant (Trinity) was selected in the lightweight women’s quad which finished 5th overall.

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“The racing in Plovdiv was intense. I learned so much about six lane racing, and how to scull! I will be hitting next season with more ferocity than ever, preparing for the Boat Races and next year’s U23s.”

Oonagh Cousins (Gonville & Caius) raced in the women’s four which came 2nd in the heat and then 3rd in the semi to progress through to the A-final where they faced tough competition, finishing a creditable 6th place overall.

“It’s been an incredible 6 weeks training and competing with GB. Making a worlds final topped off a great year at CUWBC and the standard of competition provides plenty of motivation for next year.”

Thea Zabell (Downing) raced in the women’s eight which finished 6th overall.

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“It was great to get to row with girls from Universities that we’d been racing against throughout the year. The intensity and standard of the 6 lane racing was beyond what I had encountered before and some of the most valuable racing experience I’ve gained over a 2k course.”

All at CUWBC are very proud of our athletes who were selected to represent Great Britain and Cambridge University on the World stage.