Jess Elkington and Hannah Traylen

Exeter Students in European University Rowing Championships

2015 is the 9th European Universities Rowing Championships, with 600 participants expected from 18 countries and 21 titles in different boat classes, taking place from September 9-12, 2015.

The pair qualified for the regatta by winning gold at BUCS in the same event back in May. The regatta is an opportunity to compete with the best university crews across Europe as part of the GB Universities Rowing team. They will be racing in the lightweight double that was recently purchased from the alumni fund.

Both Jess Elkington and Hannah Traylen were part of the quad that won gold in the lightweight quad at the same event in Poznan in 2013, Jess also represented GB at the U23 World Championships in 2014. Together with Rowing director and coach Richard Tinkler and assistant coach Lorna Tinkler, the duo have had a successful season in the double, with a win at the Metropolitan regatta in May followed a good performance against strong competition at Women’s Henley. Jess is a sports Scholar and Hannah is funded by alumna Tish Page.

Training in Exeter resumed mid August in preparation for the event. Hannah said that “It feels good to be back training in the double, we’re both very much looking forward to some high quality racing and representing the University of Exeter on the international stage”. 
“We’ve benefitted from an excellent training programme from the strength and conditioning coaches alongside our coaching and training, as well as support from the University and alumni”.

Good luck to Jess and Hannah, you can follow their progress at
For information about the club, please visit the Rowing Club's webpage.
For more information about this story please contact the Sports High Performance Team at the University of Exeter at or 01392 723759

About the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 19,000 students and is ranked 7th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, 10th in The Complete University Guide and 9th in the Guardian University Guide 2015. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Exeter was The Sunday Times University of the Year 2012-13.

The University has invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across its campuses in the last few years; including landmark new student services centres - the Forum in Exeter and The Exchange on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, together with world-class new facilities for Biosciences, the Business School and the Environment and Sustainability Institute. There are plans for further investment between now and 2016.

For further information:
University of Exeter
Press Office
+44 (0)1392 722405 or 722062

Date: 9 September 2015