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Action-packed Varsity Day 

University of Leicester's rowers prove that it takes more than strokes of luck by winning every rowing event

This year's Varsity Day, Wednesday, March 12, hosted by De Montfort University (DMU), saw University of Leicester's students edge out students from DMU to retain the 2003 Varsity Shield for the fourth year running. Strong performances from DMU in all sports pushed their opponents hard - and only a complete 'whitewash' in the rowing events resulted in the University of Leicester bringing home the silverware for another year.

There were straight wins for DMU in badminton and indoor cricket at both 1st and 2nd team level. The soccer teams hit back though, running out winners in three of the four ties after trailing in all the games at one time. Netball honours were shared as well as in the hockey. Leicester clinched the basketball with an 8-point margin with Dami Siyanbola voted MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the Leicester team.

The rowing, however, was another story. The University rowers proved too strong and technically superior to the DMU crews, who despite valiant endeavour could not hold the Leicester crews from the hooter. The spectators who lined the canal banks saw a succession of Leicester crews pull away and secure victory by a comfortable margin in all the ties. [Photo: Ladies Novice Coxed 4s competing on Varsity Day]
STRONG FINISH: University of Leicester's rowing crews were victorious in all their events, with the Women's Novice Coxed 4s one of five crews recording victories of three lengths or more against De Montfort.
[Photo: Men's Novice Coxed 4s team]
PULLING POWER: Men's Novice Coxed 4s pull away from the competition

An excellent day’s sporting competition across nine different sports which included climbing as a competitive activity. This University looks forward to hosting the 2004 event on its campus.

Colin Hide
Sports and Recreation Manager

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