Old Monmothian picked for Great Britain in Under-23 World Rowing Championships
Robbie Prosser OM (pictured: fourth from the right) was recently chosen to represent Great Britain in the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Italy. He was selected in the coxed four for the Varese event and was determined to make his mark on the world stage. The competition was fierce with 55 nations taking part in the event, including squads from Germany, Italy and the USA.
Robbie's team were up against the Americans, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand in the final. They raced to finish in 6 mins 02.90 secs to break the 200m benchmark in Varese, bettering the 11-year record by 0.11 seconds to grab Gold.
The former Monmouth School for Boys’ student was in the school 1st VIII in 2019 that won 1st VIIIs at both the Schools’ Head of the River and the National Schools’ Regatta.
Robbie is the third member of the 2019 crew to go on to major success after leaving school.
Master in Charge of Rowing at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr John Griffiths, is looking forward to adding Robbie’s name to the school’s honours board.
Mr Griffiths said: “Robbie has been rowing at the University of Bristol. He finally made the selection after trials at GB Rowing’s centre at Caversham, following a very successful year in which picked up gold medals at BUCS Regatta and other major regattas.
“This is a huge achievement for Robbie because he was slightly too old to trial for GB in his final year at school and has had to work even harder to fight his way through the system.”
The championships run from Monday (25th July) until Sunday (31st July).