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Bringing women's boat racing into the 21st century...

Video. The crews for this year's Oxford and Cambridge boat race are carrying out their final training sessions before competing on the Thames. The men's race is next weekend but the women will be on the water at Henley this Sunday.

But as Sarah Gomme found out, big changes mean one of the world's most traditional sporting events is being brought into the 21st century.

She spoke to Christine Wilson, the Oxford women's team Chief Coach and Maxie Scheske, the OUWBC President.

Six months jail for boat race protester

Trenton Oldfield Credit: Trenton Oldfield

A protester who disrupted this year's Boat Race by swimming into the path of the crews was today jailed for six months.

Trenton Oldfield, of Myrdle Street, east London, who was also ordered to pay £750 costs, was watched by millions of television viewers as he halted the annual race on the Thames between Oxford and Cambridge universities on April 7.

He was found guilty at London's Isleworth Crown Court last month of causing a public nuisance and returned to the same court today to be sentenced.

Oldfield, supported in court by a throng of well-wishers, smirked as Judge Anne Molyneux passed sentence.

But he looked surprised as the jail term was handed down.

The judge said Oldfield had acted dangerously, disproportionately, had not shown what he was actually protesting against, and displayed prejudice in sabotaging the event which Oldfield regarded as elitist.