RUBC's Potential Purples

Below are some of the rising stars of RUBC


Anna Bebington

Anna is a former World Under 23 champion who is another product of GB Rowing's World Class Start Programme. She finished an impressive fourth in the 2006 GB Senior Selection Trials in Belgium.

Anna set a BUSA (British Universities) record on the ergometer in 2003 and the following year became the World U23 champion with the women's four.

In 2005 she won a bronze medal with the women's eight at the Eton World Cup and went on to finish fifth with the eight at the World Championships in Japan and take a bronze in the pair at the World U23 Championships.

She went on to take a Gold at Munich 2006, fourth at the 2006 World Cup in Poznan and a Silver in Lucerne. At the World Championships at Eton, in August 2006, she was fourth in the women's double – all with Annie Vernon.

Anna graduated from Cambridge in the summer of 2005 and moved south to train full time at the women's squad base in Marlow. Anna is studying a Maths PhD at Reading University.

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Above:Gold medal winning GB 4- at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Left to right: Natasher Page, Beth Rodford, Anna Bebington and Alison Knowles

Tash Page

Tash is a former World Under 23 champion who has also represented GB at junior and senior level. She finished third in the B final of the women's single at the 2006 GB Senior Selection Trials in Belgium.

Tash made a great step from junior to senior in 2004, becoming World U23 champion in the four just one year after winning silver in the same boat class at the World Junior Championships in Athens. In 2003 Natasha's crew lost the gold by an agonisingly small margin, the closest a GB women's junior crew has ever got to winning gold in the four. However, the GB U23 four dominated the field at the championships in Poznan, achieving clear water after the first 500 metres and winning emphatically.

She is now working with the senior national squad. In 2005 she was part of the eight that won a bronze medal at the Eton World Cup in May before switching to the four and taking bronze in that event at the World Cup finals in Lucerne in July. She went on to be part of the women's eight that performed so well at the 2005 World Championships in Japan, finishing fifth.

During the 2006 World Cup, she finished 6th in Munich, then took a bronze in Poznan, finishing off with 4th place in Lucerne. At the 2006 World Championships at Eton the GB women's eight finished eighth.

Tash is a very active member of the University Boat Club both on the water, and currently is in charge of coaching the RUBC womens squad. They are all responding very well to her motivation and inspitational style.
Nick Strange (stroke) RUBC old boy
Above:Gold medal winning GB 4- at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Left to right: Natasher Page, Beth Rodford, Anna Bebington and Alison Knowles

Sam Townsend

Sam was the British Junior Ergo Champion in 2003 (6.07.2) and won the British U23 Ergo title in 2005 (5.56.2). He competed for GB in the men's quadruple scull at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan in 2004, finishing 11th, and then switched to the men's eight in 2005, finishing 10th in the World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam and 4th in the Essen International Regatta. The 2006 World Cup brought a 3rd place in the Poznan B Finals.

Sam attended Chiltern Edge School and previously played football and cricket; he won the Berks and Bucks Cup (football) at the age of 16 before he took up rowing. Currently studying rural environmental science at Reading University he is also the novice men's coach and is proving to be a talented and respected coach as well.

Above: Sam Townsend, photo from www.eliotgeorge.com

James Waters

James came to Reading University with no experience of rowing, but soon became gripped by the sport. James has a background in swimming and his tall (6ft 3) light frame are proving to be very useful with his rowing. He is a lightweight and is aiming to get into the Under 23 lightweight squad this year. James plays a very active role in the Boat Club where he is treasurer and studies Environmental Science at the University..
Nick Strange (stroke) RUBC old boy
Above:Gold medal winning GB 4- at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Left to right: Natasher Page, Beth Rodford, Anna Bebington and Alison Knowles

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Above:Gold medal winning GB 4- at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Left to right: Natasher Page, Beth Rodford, Anna Bebington and Alison Knowles

Atlanta StJohn

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Nick Strange (stroke) RUBC old boy
Above:Gold medal winning GB 4- at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Left to right: Natasher Page, Beth Rodford, Anna Bebington and Alison Knowles

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