New venues revealed for 2013 UIRS

The University Indoor Rowing Series will visit a number of new venues this year, with Salford, Cambridge, Stirling, and Essex Universities named as hosts for 2013.

They will join previous hosts Reading, Durham and Solent in an exciting line-up for this year’s series, which gets underway at the November 16th GB Rowing Team trials in Boston.

For the first time, two universities will work together to deliver an event – both Bristol and UWE Rowing clubs had applied to run separate events, but will now combine forces, with any proceeds reinvested into their varsity activities.

The University Indoor Rowing series is a national series of indoor rowing events for student rowers. Last year’s series saw rowers of all ages and abilities take part in rowing events right across the UK, with more than 1600 competitors from over 50 different universities.

The following events are scheduled for the 2013-14 series:

16th November GB Rowing Team assessment (Boston)
16th November St Mary’s University
20th November Imperial College
23rd November University of Salford
23rd November University of Reading
23/24th November University of Cambridge
24th November UWE / University of Bristol
27th November University of Durham
30th November Queen’s Belfast University
30th November University of Sheffield
30th November Southampton Solent University
1st December University of Stirling
TBC Nottingham Trent University
TBC University of Essex
TBC TBC (Wales)
14th December GB Rowing Team Para-Rowing Trials (Caversham)

University Clubs will be supported by British Rowing staff in planning and running their events, and clubs will be encouraged to open up their events to others beyond the student rowing community (i.e other student sports clubs, and members of the wider community). The inclusion of adaptive categories was trialled in 2012 and British Rowing’s RowAbility staff will provide direct support in this area.Each of these University Clubs applied and has been selected to run an event in the 2013 UIRS, and results from eligible students at each of these events will count towards the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships.

The series begins with the GB Rowing Team’s first assessment in Boston on November 16th, and results from students involved in trials will count towards the BUCS rankings. The series also includes the GB Rowing team Adaptive Trials at Caversham for the first time. In last year’s inaugural Adaptive Rowing category, one student from Bournemouth – Alex Milic (LTA) – set a new British Record for indoor rowing.

For more information on the University Indoor Rowing Series, go to www.britishrowing.org/taking-part/indoor-rowing/university-indoor-rowing-series-2013.