Brookes rocks the boat

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Oxford Brookes University has built a new boathouse with training facilities for elite rowers on the River Thames.

Facilites at the new complex, based in Cholsey, include extra boat storage, land-based training areas and large changing rooms.

Head coach Richard Spratley said: “This club is a proven route to the Olympics and the new boathouse will help secure our position at the top.”

Athens and Beijing Olympic gold medallist Steve Williams was a student rower at Oxford Brookes, as were brothers Peter and Richard Chambers who won silver in London 2012.

Former members of the university’s rowing club have won five gold medals between them since the Sydney Olympics.