Yorkshire Universities Indoor Rowing Championships
The 2nd annual Yorkshire Universities Indoor Rowing Championships were held on Sunday 7th March at Doncaster Rowing Club. The event was run by British Rowing staff with the help of volunteers from the club. This year’s event saw a boost in interest with an increase in students and universities participating compared to last year’s successful event.
The competition was split into six categories; lightweight men and women, beginner men and women and open men and women. Unfortunately there were no lightweight men entered but in the lightweight women’s event Leeds Carnegie’s Jo Calver, after a gold at the English Indoors, stormed into the lead and took gold ahead of the other women.
The beginner’s events were well subscribed with entries and gave some of the best races of the day. In the women’s event Jo Richardson of Sheffield Hallam, at her first universities indoor competition, won the event with a great time of 7.45.9 with noone else getting near. In the men’s event it was a much closer fought out battle between rowers at Bradford University and Sheffield Hallam, with Ethan Moore of Sheffield Hallam taking the fastest time of 6.47.3.
In the open events, Jenifer Moss of Leeds Carnegie was just beaten by 0.7 of second by Louise Gerhardsen of Sheffield Hallam with a time of 7.48.6. The men’s open event was the last event of the day and was won by Dan Graham of Leeds Carnegie with an impressive and fastest time of the day at 6.35.1.
Medals were presented in all categories for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Thanks to Doncaster Rowing Club for hosting the event, all the athletes and universities for attending the competition and all the members who volunteered their time to support the event. It is anticipated that next year an open indoor rowing event will be held alongside the university event for all those interested in competing.
C&C Coach Yorkshire
If anyone would like any more information regarding future indoor rowing events or university rowing in Yorkshire please contact Rory Semple, [email protected]