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Oarsome partnership launched

19 November 2008

Olympic gold medal winning oarsman Peter Reed has marked the start of a new funding deal for the University’s Rowing Club.

Peter, who rowed to victory as part of the men’s coxless four in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, launched a new partnership between the Rowing Club and Fly Navy – the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. As well as being a professional athlete, Peter is a Lieutenant with the Royal Navy.

As part of the deal, Fly Navy named two boats – a men’s and a women’s eight - from the University’s existing fleet. They chose Sea Fury for the men’s boat and Sea Vixen for the women’s, naming them after Navy aircraft.

Both were unveiled at an official naming ceremony at the Channel View Water Activity Centre, home to the University rowing club.

Rowing Club President Penny Challans said: "This new partnership between Cardiff University Rowing Club and Fly Navy is testament to the Club’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence. We were honoured that Peter Reed attended the ceremony – hopefully some of our rowers will one day follow in his Olympic footsteps."

The Rowing Club has received £5000 in sponsorship from Fly Navy, which will be put towards purchasing a new boat for the men’s squad.

The Club has a strong history of success, with crews competing in regattas across the country. They also take on Swansea University in the annual Welsh Boat Race, a clash which Cardiff has won for the past two years.