Dundee University Boat Club women’s team stormed to success at the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell at the weekend with a haul of medals including a clean sweep in the prestigious women’s student open 2k race.
Eleanor Brinkhoff, a 4th year biomedical sciences student, powered her way to gold in an impressive time of 7.14.1 with student nurse Katie Canniford and maths student Fiona Lapp in close pursuit to take the other two podium places in 7.19.5 and 7.23.5 respectively.
The triple victory was followed just hours later with gold in the women’s student team relay. Team members Eleanor, Katie, Fiona and Club Captain Hannah Campbell took top spot in the race over 3000m in a time of 9.44.8 some distance ahead of second placed team Aberdeen University Boat Club who finished in 10.16.0
Katie boosted her own medal haul, and that of the team, still further with a bronze in the women’s open sprint, covering the 500m distance in 1.37.7 and bronze in the women’s open 2k while Eleanor added another silver to the team tally with a second place finish in the women’s open 2k.
Second year Fine Art student Rosie Handley also made it onto the podium with a bronze in the women’s student open lightweight 2k in 8.02.9 and third year medical student Rosie Morgan showed her potential with a bronze in the women’s student beginners 1k event with a time of 3.33.3.
Boat Club Captain Hannah Campbell described the championships as the “most successful” the club has ever had.
“This year at SIRC we had 24 athletes competing for Dundee University Boat Club and it was the most successful champs we have had to date,” she said. “The senior girls dominated the student 2k event which is fantastic for a club that is solely run and funded by students.
“Our members are training harder than ever and it is really paying off with the results we have been achieving this semester. Both Aberdeen and Inverness have been successful competitions for us and we have one more head race in Glasgow this weekend which we are hoping to do just as well in.”
Stevie Baxter, workforce development manager with Scottish Rowing, also praised the club.
“Dundee University Boat Club are now seen as not only a club that is fantastically well run with a student-led body but with an approach that puts people at the centre of everything they do. On the water and at all of the major events in the Scottish Rowing calendar DUBC are now considered as real contenders for every event they enter.”
To find out more about DUBC past competitions read their blog at www.dundeeuniversityboatclub.co.uk
The Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships take place each year each winter and attract rowers and fitness enthusiasts from across the country and further afield to battle it out over a variety of distances on Concept 2 rowing machines. For more information visit Scottish Rowing at https://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/index.php