Taurus Boat Club

Taurus Boat Club News & Events 2015-16

Tamsin BryantComment

Oxford Brookes fastest crew in the country!

British Rowing Championships, 17-18th October 2015, Nottingham

The Brit Champs bring together oarsmen and women from the highest level of rowing with the GB National squad athletes racing directly against the boats from all other clubs and universities from around the country.

Oxford Brookes Boat Club had 96 male and female athletes racing at the British Rowing Championships 2015, their largest representation at any competition.

Mens Results: Oxford Brookes now have the fastest 8+ in the country and the fastest student 8+ in the country.

Women's Results: Bronze in elite 8+, winners of the B final in the same event, along with decent rows by the third 8+ and U23 4x A great squad performance with following full results;

M8+ (A) – Gold

M8+ (B) – 4TH in A Final and University Pennant

M8+ (C) – 5th in A Final

M8+ (D) – 3rd in B Final

M8+ (E) – 4th in C Final

M8+ (F) – 1st in D Final

W8+ (A) – Bronze in A final

W8+ (B) – 1st in B Final

W8+ (C) – 6th in C Final

W4x – 3rd in D Final

Oxford Brookes first ever British crew to win in Europe!

European University Championships, 9-12th September 2015, Hanover, Germany

Oxford Brookes student 8+ were victorious in their selection for the GB entry at the European University Championships and came up against an experienced Belarusian crew. With the Belarusian crew ahead by 0.6 seconds at the midway point, the Brookes crew stepped on and moved away to take gold by 2.55 seconds in a time of 5:42.77. The win was the first time in the history of the event that a British crew has won gold in the men’s eight.

Gold in world U23 championships

World Rowing U23 Championships, 22-26th July 2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

There was further success for Oxford Brookes with Jamie Copus and Ben Reeves following up their medals at the World U23 Championships earlier this season with a strong win in the lightweight double.

Three British crews made the final of the women’s four with the Oxford Brookes girls rounding off their successful season by taking silver against a very experienced German crew.

Proud to be a poly? - If you are not already a member, please make sure you sign-up to avoid missing out and make sure we are backing the Brookes Squad all the way to HRR 2016. You can find the sign-up forms on our membership page.


Saturday 7th November, Breakfast at the Brookes Boat House!

Taurus member James Symington bringing his Henley bbq catering team (Brian, van and food!) to offer breakfast to the current members of the squad and Taurus members. Come down to this mid-morning training session to show your support and find out what the squad is currently up to and their goals for the season. Richard Spratley and Henry Bailhache-Webb will be on site and will be delighted to tell you more.

When: Saturday 7th November 2015 Time: From 10-12 am Where: Oxford Brookes Boat House, Reading Road, Cholsey, OX10 9HQ What: Breakfast at Brookes

Taurus Boat Club Dinner

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday 19th March 2016 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

If you would like to help out with the organisation of any of the Taurus events, please get in touch at info@taurusboatclub.org.uk

About Taurus Boat Club

Our aims are simple: * to promote social links between past and present members of Oxford Brookes / Poly Boat Club; * to support the current student rowing club wherever possible, financially and otherwise; * and to promote rowing participation amongst the Taurus membership.

Why join Taurus?

Taurus continue's to raise funds for Brookes rowing, last year Taurus supported Brookes to the tune of circa £10,000 to assist in the purchase of the new empacher 8.

Alongside the financial support and successful social calendar events Taurus will be introducing/re-introducing initiatives to improve our communication and promote the unique networking opportunities that Taurus offers. In summary opportunities avalible to Taurus members include:

· Annual dinner – Saturday 19^th March 2016 (HORR) · Henley BBQ - Saturday Henley Royal Regatta · Newsletter – Hard copy, · Membership book – to be produced and sent out with newsletter · In addition to equipment, Taurus want to offer bursaries/sponsorship of oarsmen/women · The Taurus Network – Our unique contact list is a work in progress, but looking to be implemented in 2016.

If you haven't already joined, head over to our membership page and join in the fun! Warm Regards

Pete Lowe & Tamsin Bryant

The Taurus Boat Club Committee,

Please let us know if there are any details we can update on our Taurus database, we are endeavouring make everything as accurate as possible. Contact us at info@taurusboatclub.org.uk


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