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HE Sports students aim for GB rowing success

Four Activate Learning students from the FdSc/BSc Sports coaching, fitness and rehabilitation programmes were recently selected for GB rowing trials in Lincolnshire.
Sophia Heath, Matt Swiss, Sam Nunn and Alfie Heath were selected for GB trials this term. The students, based at City of Oxford College, took part in a variety of Oxford Brookes Sports teams, as part of our partnership with Oxford Brookes University. This helped students apply theoretical principles from their learning and gain an insight into elite sporting environments, which many of them aspire to take part in.   
Module leaders Stuart Leonard and Clare Shaw were delighted by the students dedication and sporting success. 
Matt Swiss, Year 2 FdSc Sports coaching, fitness and rehabilitation student, said: “I came to Oxford Brookes last year relatively new to the sweeping aspect of rowing, after being successful in 2015 representing Great Britain at the Junior World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro in the double scull. With the help of the coaches at Oxford Brookes, I was able to develop my sweeping ability to a decent standard and to compete at a high level in the UK. In the current year and into next year I aim to improve my rowing ability and technique to become an even better rower. 
"I had a successful first year with Brookes Rowing winning events at Wallingford Head, Reading Head, BUCS Regatta, Ghent International Regatta and representing Oxford Brookes in the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. 
"Last year was my first time racing at Henley Royal Regatta and it was an amazing experience racing at such a prestigious regatta for the first time. This year so far, I have gone to the GB Trials held in Boston, Lincolnshire. I finished 29th out of 50 in the pair alongside another rower from Oxford Brookes. Wallingford Head was also a success as I won under 20 eights with seven other rowers from Brookes. Hopefully, the rest of the season will be as good as last year or if not better”.
Photos courtesy of Brookes Photography GB.