Rowing: Leicester's universities go head to head
Students will be battling it out on the River Soar tomorrow.
The University of Leicester and De Montfort University are once again going head-to-head to decide which is the most successful varsity club in the city.
University of Leicester, who celebrate their 65th birthday this year, have attracted attention in the past 12 months having qualified for Henley Royal Regatta and claiming a first place in their division at London Metropolitan Regatta.
In addition, Phelan Hill coxed the British men's eight to an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London games.
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President Mark Jeacock is confident for this year's races. "We have a very strong squad this year and I am confident we can make it four wins in a row," he said.
"However, DMU are also looking in good shape, I am sure they will not go down without a tough fight, meaning it will be a closely-fought battle."
De Montfort, established in 1991, is the biggest varsity rowing club in the East Midlands with 94 members.
Chairman Demi Johnson is certain the Varsity Shield will become DMU property.
He said: "De Montfort has stepped up its game this year in every aspect possible. We've become such a large club full of dedicated members and our crews are some of the strongest we've seen in many years.
"We are looking forward to a day of close races."
Racing starts at 2pm from Soar Point to Leicester Rowing Club boathouse in nine different events.