Performance: HPP Rowers medal at EUSA
8 August 2014
Three Cardiff University rowers’ brought back medals from EUSA Rowing in Rotterdam when representing GB Universities.
After recently returning from representing Great Britain Under 23’s in the World Under 23’s Championships in Italy Robbie Massey (Marine Geography) partnered Sam Whittaker (Physiotherapy) in the Double Sculls. They qualified well and then improved their time significantly in the final to win a Silver medal for GB Universities and pushed crews from Belgium, Germany, Portugal and the Czech Republic into the minor placing’s.
Helen Roberts (Law) competed in the Single Sculls Championship and produced a superb performance to win the event and bring back a Gold medal for GB Universities. Helen was pushed all the way by the Swiss boat but held her nerve and kept some clear water with a winning margin of over 3 seconds. This was another great result for Helen to put on her CV after winning Women’s Henley earlier in the season.
Both Helen and Robbie will now compete in the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta this weekend in Strathclyde Park for Wales and England respectively. We wish them all the best and hope they can carry their form to the end of the season.
The progress and achievements of Robbie, Sam and Helen and testament to the ongoing links between Cardiff University and the Welsh/GB Rowing performance Programme. The students themselves make a lot of sacrifices along the way but some credit must also go to the support teams, facilities and funding which help create an environment for them to excel in.
This year the High Performance Programme (HPP) supported a record 75 students across 30 different sports. The Programme aims to provide structured support to individuals enabling them to excel in both their academic and sporting careers whilst raising the profile and standard of sport at Cardiff University. Since it’s rebranding in 2010-11 the programme has developed a strong network of support services and access to newly developed facilities for its members which together provide an excellent training environment as those involved continue to study towards an academic degree at the University.
Helen Roberts with her Gold medal (centre)
Robbie Massey & Sam Whittaker with their Silver medals (left)