First time rower wins gold in championships for DMU Rowing

By Jess Bourne

First year De Montfort University student, Lizzie Webster, has won first and second place medals at the British University Championships (BUCS) Regatta.

Winner: Lizzie Webster warming up for the race during a competition day.

The event was held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham between April, 29 and May, 1 and universities from all over the UK attended.

The BUCS consists of head-to-head races against six other teams.

Lizzie, 19, said: “I went to a taster session out of curiosity and then I was asked back.”

The regatta was her first-time rowing competitively.

In April, ahead of the race, the team were training on the River Soar in Loughborough, learning all about the technical aspects of rowing.

She took part in the Beginner Women’s single, Beginner Women’s double and Beginner Women’s Quad.

She added: “I was most nervous for the single race. It was not knowing what to expect as I had never done it before.

“I won the semi-finals, and it gave me the confidence to win the final.”

During the competition days, there was constant rowing, and all the teams were supporting each other during the races.

She also said: “I can’t believe I won because I wasn’t expecting to.

“My legs and lungs were burning.”

Lizzie hopes that she will be able to win senior BUCS Regatta medals in the future.

She added: “There’s never something you can’t work on.”

DMU also came fifth in the Beginner Men’s 4x (A Final) and sixth in the Men’s Lightweight 4x (A Final).

DMU Rowing are now looking towards the Metropolitan Regatta in June and the Henley Women’s Regatta which takes place on the River Thames.

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