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This Is Not A Gateway founder bailed after boat race stunt

Architecture activist and This Is Not A Gateway co-founder Trenton Oldfield will appear in court for obstructing the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

Oldfield was charged under section five of the public order act and bailed to appear at Feltham Magistrates Court on 23 April following the stunt last weekend.

The 32-year-old co-founder of architectural publishing and events platform This Is Not A Gateway halted the world-famous race eight minutes after is started by swimming close to the boats in the river.

Oldfield – who spent four years working for Thames Strategy Kew to Chelsea on planning policy for the riverside area – said in a blog post the action was a performance protesting against elitism.

He said in the post published prior to the event: ‘This is a protest, an act of civil disobedience, a methodology of refusing and resistance. This act has employed guerrilla tactics. I am swimming into the boats in the hope I can stop them from completing the race and proposing the return of surprise tactics.’

He added: ‘The boat race itself, with its pseudo competition, assembled around similar principles of fastest, strongest, selected …etc, is an inconsequential backdrop for these elite educational institutions to demonstrate themselves, reboot their shared culture together in the public realm.

‘The boat race, while accessible to everyone, isn’t really advertised or promoted as something for the general public to attend, you know when it’s on because it is part of the social networking calendar.’

He said: ‘The aim of employing these tactics is to shift from being a “victim” … of having things done to one, to being the ones setting the agenda.’

The 158-year-old boat race was restarted following the disruption.

Readers' comments (1)

  • What an idiot, I respect protest when there is a clear agenda but this guy just spews out nonsense. All a big ego trip for him im sure. Such a shame & I hope there aren't too many copycat actions at the Summer Games.
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