Three Australian Uniroo rowers will be bringing home some extra luggage from their recent trip to the World University Rowing Championship in Poznan, Poland.
Queensland University Technology exercise and movement science student Amy James won gold in the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls. In the Men’s Pairs event Nathan Bowden, honours construction management and economics student at University of South Australia and Sydney native, paired with Angus Moore, University of Canberra communications in journalism student, took home bronze.
“My main goal in the competition was to improve on my last racing from earlier in the year, and put into practice the new technical changes I have been working on,” James said.
“Winning the gold medal was an exciting extension of these points. However, none of this would have been possible without the continual help and support from my coach, Alex Field.”
The last Uniroo to take home a medal at the World University Rowing Championship was University of Queensland graduate Fiona Albert, who represented Australia in Rio with the Women’s Eight rowing team. Albert won bronze in the women’s single scull at the 2014 World University Rowing Championship.
“Rowing Australia is very pleased with the results of the entire team, especially for Amy following in the footsteps of Fiona Albert. To see all of our athletes finish in the top ten and more notably win two medals shows the value of international university sport and the potential pathway that university sport provides,” said Rowing Australia’s General Manager of Sport, Jaime Fernandez.
The past two Olympics were the most successful by Australian student-athletes. In London 63% of the medals won by Australians were student-athletes and in Rio 61% of the medals won by Australians were won by student-athletes.
The World University Rowing Championship is a biennial event that sees over 300 of the top student-athletes from all over the world compete.