19.07.2013 News

Olympic gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase scared away the opposition at Henley Regatta last Sunday when he joined fellow members of a special Monsters University Rowing Team in a special race against Oxford University.

Alongside his long-time rowing partner Mark Hunter and fellow lightweight rowers Chris Bartley and Adam Freeman-Pask, Zac took part in the one-off event to coincide with the release of Disney Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to Disney’s hugely popular Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc.

Sporting legend James Cracknell enlisted the foursome to form the Monsters University Rowing Team and challenge the Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club to a race at the Regatta.

Rowing is the crown jewel of the Monsters University athletics program and so the team was keen to challenge the winners of the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race 2013 at the sport, which has traditionally been a source of British national pride.

The Monsters University Rowing Team took to the river in their team kit, spurred on by the support of Mike and Sully, the popular Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. characters whose student days are chronicled in the new film. In an absolute first for the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta, the Monster Team celebrated defeating the Oxford side as they issued a warning to the public that the monsters will soon be landing on British shores.

Olympic champion James Cracknell said, “It’s been a year since the public have really been able to get behind Team GB so it’s been great to get the boys together again on the water and race. Commiserations to the lads from Oxford and thanks for the race. I'ts a good job we won; I don’t think the Dean of Monsters University would have been too impressed if we’d come in second.”

Olympic medalist Zac Purchase said, “These monsters shouldn’t be taken lightly. The MU team is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. The lads from Oxford made that mistake today and they found themselves rowing against the tide. All joking aside though, the Oxford boys put up a good fight and it was a pleasure to take them on at Henley. When’s round two?”

Disney Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to 2001’s hugely successful Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. is released in cinemas across the UK from Friday 12th July 2013. For more information, please visit

Check out the video on the galley page HERE!


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