Breakthrough season for DUBC alumni ends in Worlds success

The 2015 season has seen the rise of many Durham alumni into the GB senior team ranks. Throughout the world cup season a number of ex DUBC members played a key role in the nation’s ongoing success. Angus Groom started the season with a very impressive 4th in the single scull at the European championships among some fierce competition, including former Olympic champion Olaf Tufte. He then went on to win gold in the Quadruple scull in Varese and claim the Queen Mother trophy at Henley Royal Regatta. Unfortunately Angus just missed out on selection for the World Championships in Aiguebelette as Charles Cousins returned from injury to replace him and was named as spare man. Callum McBrierty also took the role of spare man in the heavyweight sweep squad at the world champs after a breakthrough season that saw him represent the GB senior team for the 1st time. Another fresh face in the squad Stewart Innes had a fantastic season from start to finish. The ex-Durham athlete spent much of the early season mixing it with the big boys in the men’s eight, winning silver at the Europeans and gold in Varese. His debut season was topped off in fine style winning a bronze medal as part of the men’s coxless four.
The more experienced members of the squad, Will Fletcher and Louise Reeve continued their climb up the ranks within both the squad and the world rowing stage. Although at times during the early season results were not what Will was hoping for as part of the lightweight double scull, he and partner Richard Chambers pulled it together in time for the World Championship regatta winning a silver medal and pushing the French crew all the way. Lou Reeve has been a stalwart of the women’s eight throughout the season and finished the season with 4th place in the world championship final, only 1 second behind the traditionally strong Canadians. This result sees the boat qualified for the Olympic games in Rio next year, where Lou and her crew will be aiming to make history and get on the podium.
So after a successful year which has seen a number of DUBC alumni make the step up from the u23 team to the senior squad the club looks forward to 2016 with great excitement as a number of our former members look to gain a seat on the plane to Brazil next August.

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