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Oarsome performance

09 September 2010

Two Cardiff rowers have represented Britain and the University at an international regatta, winning a silver medal in the process.

Imogen Evans and Emma Cockcroft were selected to compete in the Women’s Pair at the European Universities Rowing Championships.

Held this year in Amsterdam, the event is a highlight in the student sporting calendar attracting rowers competing at the very top level of the sport.

In a close-fought race over two kilometres, Imogen and Emma beat a crew from Eindhoven into the silver medal position by less than half a second and narrowly lost out on the gold medal themselves.

Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport and Exercise at Cardiff said: "Rowing is a very demanding and time consuming sport. Combining it with full-time academic study is often complicated and requires much commitment, time management as well as being very organised! Emma and Imogen have proved they can cope with these demands and have set the standards for the rest of our students to follow."

Imogen started rowing two years ago and combines training and racing with studying for a degree in Psychology. She is part of the Great Britain under-23 squad and along with Emma has qualified to row at Henley Royal Regatta, an event of huge international pedigree.

Emma recently graduated with a degree in Physiology and during her time at Cardiff helped not only raise the profile of rowing but achieved outstanding results in the sport at university and national level.

Stuart Vanstone added: "Cardiff University Sport would like to wish Emma all the best for the future and congratulate both rowers on a fantastic year."