Loughborough University sports scholars Laurian Pepper and Athalie Redwood-Brown won bronze for Britain at the European Universities Sports Association (EUSA) Rowing Championships in Poland last weekend (2-5 September).
The duo, competing in the Lightweight Double Scull, finished behind crews from Polish and German Universities, completing the 2km course in seven minutes 56.91 seconds to add to the gold they won at the BUCS National Student Rowing Championships earlier in the year.
Loughborough rowing coach Mitch Rosenlund and Nottingham World Class Start coach Julie Edwards prepared the crew in the lead-up to the event with Edwards accompanying the GB team to Poland.
"It was a great regatta for the entire British University team,” said Rosenlund. “The standard of racing was world class and both our Loughborough crews raced hard and achieved terrific results. A bronze for the girls and a sixth for the boys is something the team should be very proud of.
“I’d also like to thank Julie for her invaluable contribution and commitment to our programme and for travelling to Poland with the team.”
The Loughborough six were part of a 97-strong Team GBR representing 18 Universities from across the country. Britain claimed one gold, four silver and six bronze medals to finish second overall on the medal table behind hosts Poland, improving on their fourth-place finish last year.
Closer to home, Loughborough’s student rowers return to the town over the next week in readiness for their pre-season camp which kicks off on Saturday 19 September.