Rower Yasmin ready for Team England challenge

6 August 2014

Yasmin Marks

It is so exciting to be selected as part of the team. I am really looking forward to my first international event and eager to represent my country. I will put everything I have into the event so that I can come home with a medal around my neck. 

Yasmin Marks

A University of Derby student will represent Team England after landing a place in the Commonwealth Rowing Championships* in Scotland.

Yasmin Marks has been selected to race in the Women's lightweight double scull (two rowers) and Women's quadruple scull (four people), at the regatta to be held at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell this Saturday and Sunday (August 9 and 10).

The 22-year-old from Chellaston, who is about to embark on the final year of her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, has received coaching from the University's Team Derby sports development arm whilst also competing for Nottingham Rowing Club's High Performance Centre.

She said: "It is so exciting to be selected as part of the team. I am really looking forward to my first international event and eager to represent my country. I will put everything I have into the event so that I can come home with a medal around my neck."

Yasmin started building her reputation at Derby Rowing Club before moving to neighbouring Nottingham. She was awarded a bursary by the University of Derby as a contribution to her training costs and she competes in British Universities & Colleges Sports events for Derby.

Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager at the University of Derby, said: "We are all delighted for Yasmin - she trains extremely hard and is committed to the cause. This is a great achievement for her and she will be heading into the championships with Team Derby's full support."

*A Commonwealth Rowing Championships regatta has been organised in the year of the Commonwealth Games since 1986, although rowing is not currently included in the Games themselves.

For further press information please contact Jamie Oliver, University of Derby Press & PR Officer, on 01332 591187 or email: j.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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