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Oxbridge boat race launches diversity drive.

Oxbridge boat race launches diversity drive.

The Oxbridge Boat Race has launched a project to get every state school on the famed four mile championship course onto the water in a bid to break private school dominance of the sport.

As the university crews for this year’s race were announced, the event’s director said they hoped to offer a lasting legacy by giving pupils from 52 schools the opportunity to try rowing and experience the many benefits it has to offer.

Michelle Dite told the Daily Telegraph: “The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race could sound quite elitist - it’s two of the world’s top universities and a sport many people just do not have access to or engage with.

“We want to break down those barriers. Everyone should be entitled to have a go at any sport.”

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