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University of Gloucestershire rowers set to compete at British Rowing Indoor Championships

The BRIC’s are coming!

This Saturday, the best indoor rowers in the country will compete to become the British Rowing Indoor Champion for 2017.

Taking place in the Olympic Velodrome in East Stratford, the championships will be the last indoor event of the year and the last chance for some University of Gloucestershire rowers to make it on a national scale.

Only two Saturdays ago, three members of the University rowing team travelled to Cardiff to compete in the national Welsh version of BRIC.

With a day of good results, those rowing again at the British Indoors are mildly confident they can achieve well once more.

Ben Sweeney, Jade Colton and Daniel Wiggins competed that day and with fresher Ben Sweeney collecting the silver medal in the Welsh competition, he is now looking to BRIC and his chances of repeating history.

 

“I’m feeling a lot more apprehensive because I’m feeling the scale and expectations are greater because people are expecting a similar result to the Welsh Indoors” Sweeney said.

The British Indoors is a much larger event than the trio would have experienced in Cardiff two weeks ago, this Saturday will attract hundreds of competitors, some of which will be from rowing renowned establishments such as Gloucestershire based Hartpury College and Oxford Brooks.

Not only this but much of the attention this year is on Bradley Wiggins, who is Britain’s most decorated Olympian having won Olympic Gold and the Yellow Jersey in the Tour De France.

Wiggins is aiming to compete with the current British Rowing team. While everyone looks at ‘Wiggo’, maybe Gloucestershire can sweep in under the radar?

There is no doubt that our University rowers will be up against it, but Jade Colton who placed 5th in both the 2km and 500 meter race at the Welsh Indoors, told Parklife Sport she felt much more at ease this week.

“Welsh Indoor was my first big indoor event since Junior Nationals (NJIRC) at the beginning of the year. It was a good way to test my race plan and gave an indication of goals I need to stick to at BRIC” said Colton.

“I’m feeling okay about BRIC, excited to get back in the velodrome this year.”

At BRIC, you can only compete in the 2km or 500 meters in terms of distance. With Sweeney previously placing well in the 1km, the task will be tougher come the weekend. However Colton has already completed her set distances at the Welsh competition.

BRIC is better, bigger. But Gloucestershire are on their way.

 

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