Student wins world indoor rowing title

An Edinburgh student has won a title at the World Indoor Rowing Championship.

Robyn Hart-Winks, a final year MA Linguistics & English Language student, took the world title in the Women's Senior Lightweight category.

Robyn posted a personal best on her way to victory, completing the two kilometre distance on a rowing machine in a time of 7 minutes and 6 seconds.

World championships

The 35th World Indoor Rowing Championship took place in Boston, US.

Each year, there are typically more than 2,200 entrants from more than 20 countries who race over the 2 kilometre distance, with competitors ranging in age from 14 to 100.

There are also a growing number of athletes who compete over a 1 kilometre distance.

Performance rowing

The University’s Performance Rowing programme aims to develop athletes to national and international standard, whether they arrive as experienced juniors or novices.

The comprehensive training programme makes use of the excellent facilities in the University’s Centre for Sport & Exercise. It offers exclusive access to the Katherine Grainger Rowing Gym and Performance Weights Gym.

Water training takes place in a fleet of new boats based at Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire, and the University’s boathouse on the Union Canal in Edinburgh.

All training is overseen by professional rowing coaches and strength and conditioning staff, ensuring every athlete is able to reach his or her potential.

This is a truly wonderful achievement for Robyn and underlines her pedigree in rowing, and the quality of our performance boat programme. Robyn has the potential to succeed at the highest level, which is great credit to her talent and work ethic, alongside the support she receives from our superb rowing coaches.

Jim Aitken MBEDirector, Centre for Sport and Exercise