INTRODUCTION: A 22-year-old British woman is about to make sporting history by being the first woman to compete in England's prestigious Boat Race.
GV EXTERIOR The Thames River at Marlow.
SV Sue Brown arrives at Oxford University Boat Club and walks into club.
GV Newsmen and cameramen waiting outside club.
SV Sue Brown and oarsmen preparing to take boat on river as newsmen look on. (3 SHOTS)
CU Oxford oarsman speaking.
SV Oarsmen carry bost to water followed by Sue Brown.
SVs Due Brown getting into boat, puts microphone on, and instructs oarsmen to start. (2 SHOTS)
TV Sue Brown coxing crew down river.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ. 5): OARSMAN: "None of us could see anything funny about Sue coming and coxing to start off with. It was only when the press started arriving in hordes that we realised that it was anything out of the ordinary. I know they haven't had girls doing if before, but there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't have a girl doing it. And it seems a slightly surprising question, slightly surprising anyone made such a fuss about it anyway."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A 22-year-old British woman is about to make sporting history by being the first woman to compete in England's prestigious Boat Race. Sue Brown has been selected as cox for the Oxford University team in its annual race against Cambridge. Miss Brown has already proven her skill as the 9th member of the Oxford crew and she's confidence of steering the team to victory in the big race on April 4.
SYNOPSIS: The Thames River at Marlow on the Western outskirts of London, the home of the hallowed Oxford University Boat Club.
It's here that Miss Brown, a bio chemistry student at Oxford, has broken the 152 year male domination of the Boat Race.
Her selection as cox has attracted a great deal of attention in the media.
But Miss Brown ad her 8 oarsmen don't know what all the fuss is about. With Olympic experience behind her and weighing just 6-and-a-half stone (41.3 kilograms) she is ideally suited for the job.
Miss Brown remains unconcerned by all the attention she is getting. She says she is not a feminist, just a keen sportswoman.
The diminutive Miss Brown, at just 5 foot 3 (1.6 metres), is dwarfed by the rest of the crew, but when it comes to race time, she is very much in command. Her position in the Oxford team was all but guaranteed last weekend when she steered her crew to victory in 2 days of racing against London University.
With 6 weeks to go before Miss Brown's history making appearance in the Boat Race, the pundits have Oxford 3 to one on favourite to win.