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Corporate VIII’s Regatta: ‘Outrageously gutsy’ Shaw Gibbs and Carter Jonas win gold - news article image

Corporate VIII’s Regatta: ‘Outrageously gutsy’ Shaw Gibbs and Carter Jonas win gold

31 Aug 2017

2 minute read

The close links between accountancy and property were put to full effect at this year’s Corporate VIII’s Regatta. A team of eight from Shaw Gibbs and Carter Jonas hit gold when they joined up for the first time to enter this amateur rowing event for Oxford firms. All first-time rowers, the team emerged victorious winners. 

Team cox, Rosalind Mitchell of City of Oxford Rowing Club, who trained the team and led them through the contest, expressed her joy at the outcome: 

“It's been awesome! Well done all! I was so impressed with the way everyone in the team kept their heads and rowed the best they could, rather than getting caught up in what the opposition were doing. The team was outrageously gutsy, utterly determined and totally unforgettable.”  

Steve Neal, Head of Business Services for Shaw Gibbs said: 

“It was a fantastic experience. To go from never having been in a boat to rowing in a regatta after eight short training sessions was a phenomenal feeling. We were all a bit nervous on the night and I think that showed in our first race – far too many crabs were caught! 

“We improved slightly in the second race but the final race was fantastic – we got it together and we almost looked like a proper crew! It’s been brilliant to row with colleagues and new friends at Carter Jonas, and to learn a new skill with the help of Rosalind and Howard at City of Oxford Rowing Club. If you get the chance to enter the Corporate Eights – do it!” 

The Corporate VIII’s is an annual event organised by City of Oxford Rowing Club on the River Thames at Oxford. Local firms are invited to provide eight mixed crews of eight rowers with little or no rowing experience. The rowers are trained in the weeks ahead and take part in a fun, exciting evening on the river. 

Corporate VIII’s Regatta: ‘Outrageously gutsy’ Shaw Gibbs and Carter Jonas win gold - news article image

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Fran Kidd

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