Friday, 11 March, 2011
Warranty Direct backs ‘oarsome’ Oxford ladies
The UK’s leading provider of direct automotive warranties, Reading-based Warranty
Direct, has thrown its weight behind the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club team.
The women’s first team will go head to head against arch rivals, Cambridge University,
in the famous annual Henley Boat Races on the River Thames on Sunday, March 27.
The squad, coached by former men and women’s Team GBR chief coach Mike Genchi,
includes several junior international rowers and also features 19-year old Natalie
Redgrave, daughter of five-times Olympic gold medallist, Steve Redgrave.
Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, a keen rower himself,
joined the club’s first team at Wallingford this week to launch Warranty Direct’s second
consecutive year of support.
He said: “The Boat Races are one of the UK’s most famous sporting events of the year
and interest in the headlining men’s race has been steadily increasing over the years.
We’ve noticed a similar trend in the women’s event and, naturally, we wanted to support
one of the top teams in the country.”
OUWBC chair, Rachel Quarrell, said: "The support of Duncan and Warranty Direct has
been a real bonus to OUWBC, helping athletes offset the high costs of training and carry
on rowing for the club for a second year, while working equally hard at their studies.
Every penny donated is being put to good use. It is great to have such energetic and
enthusiastic supporters, especially as our annual boat races take place in Henley, only a
few miles from WarrantyDirect's headquarters in Reading."
OUWBC has several fixtures lined up during March as it prepares for the Henley Boat
Races. The formal Henley Boat Races Challenge and weigh-in is on Tuesday, March 22.
Members of the team will sport Warranty Direct branding on their jackets, leggings and
McCLure Fisher added: “We’ll certainly all be at Henley on March 27 to cheer the girls
on and enjoy lending Warranty Direct’s support to one of this country’s most underrated
For more information about Warranty Direct, please
www.warrantydirect.co.uk or to find out more about the Henley Boat
Races, visit http://www.henleyboatraces.com/.
Picture caption: Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, takes to the
water along with the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club squad.
For further information please contact:
Andy Bothwell or Richard Tanner at Performance PR on 0208 541