ROWING: Bottesford’s Callum claims double gold with Oxford Brookes at universities regatta

Callum Jones
Callum Jones

Many of 18-year-old rower Callum Jones’s former successes have been at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, near Nottingham.

The Bottesford rower was back there at the weekend, competing in the British Universities Championships Regatta.

On Saturday he was in the bow seat of his Oxford Brookes University eight in the championship eights competition. The top university eights rowed in a time trial with the top 12 boats qualifying for the semi-finals later in the day.

Having been fastest in the time trial, Brookes won their semi-final to set up a final against the formidable Newcastle who have held the title for the past three years.

Callum’s eight trailed by one second at both the 500m and 1000m, but Brookes responded to overtake them and led by three seconds with 500m to go, a margin which they maintained to win the gold medal.

Callum was in the two seat of the Brookes coxless four on Sunday, coming third in the time trial behind Newcastle and London. Again Newcastle and Brookes each won their semi-finals.

In the final, Callum’s Brookes four led from start to finish to claim a second gold medal by six seconds from London, with Durham third.

Building up to the Henley Regatta in July, Callum hopes to compete with Brookes this weekend in an International Regatta at Ghent, Belgium, and next week at Duisburg in Germany.