QUB Host Ulster Branch and BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships

December 8, 2014  |  News  |  Share

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BUCS University Indoor Rowing Series 2014 and Rowing Ireland Ulster Branch Indoor Rowing Championships

On the 29th November 2014 a leg of the BUCS UIRS 2014 was staged at the Physical Education Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. The event was run in conjunction with the 2nd Rowing Ireland Ulster Branch Indoor Rowing Championships. It was the 3rd successive year the Queen’s University Belfast’s student rowing clubs ran the BUCS UIRS. Assistance with the event was provided by the staff of Queen’s Sport. The student event was open to all third level institutions in Northern Ireland. Queen’s University had 98 entries from beginner to senior level rowers both male and female. There were 53 males and 45 females entered from the host university.  Four QUB students also entered the Rowing Ireland Ulster Branch Championships as part of its High Performance programme and national selection process. The quickest rower of the day was QUB student Phil Doyle in a time of 6.01.3. The men’s lightweight race was won by Joel Kelly in a time of 6.32.5. There were a total of 11 personal bests for QUB Students, the only female being Roisin Maguire with a time of 7.16.2.  The QUB entries included 67 students that were competing in a rowing event for the first time since they came to study in Belfast.

The results from the Belfast event will be coordinated by British rowing and included with the 10 other regions in the UK to provide overall winners in the BUCS UIRS 2014. It is anticipated the over 1500 students from over 50 universities in the UK will take part in the event. The event ran from the 19th November to the 6th December, the UIRS offered Universities across the UK the opportunity to stage an indoor rowing event for rowers of all abilities. With just the outstanding GB team trial results left to come, Philip Doyle leads the BUCS UIRS 2014 open men category with his team member Tiernan Oliver in 3rd place.

The main hall at the PEC accommodated 167 rowers during the course of the day. Competitors were from schools and junior clubs in the province. Several Ulster Branch records were set, most notably the girls u18 by Erin Barry from Bann Rowing Club with a time of 6.57.9. This is now an Irish record.

The event ran successfully thanks to the assistance of Queen’s Sport staff, the student clubs, the Alumni club, Lady Victoria and Rowing Ireland Ulster Branch.

More results from the event can be found on this link

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