It was at the age of thirteen that I first began rowing with Marlow Rowing Club and fell in love with the sport. Later, when I joined the university to read veterinary medicine, I would spend three years rowing with my college, Girton, before trialling for CULRC.
Racing against Oxford in the 2019 Lightweight Boat Race, I realised a dream of mine and now, in the fifth year of my degree, I relish the prospect of leading the club this year.
As of the 2019 Boat Race season, CULRC has integrated alongside Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club; a move which has greatly benefitted both clubs. CULRC now trains with CUWBC out of the historic Goldie Boathouse, overlooking the River Cam, for its land training.
Waterwork, meanwhile, takes place a short train-ride away in Ely, where we share a purpose-built boathouse with CUWBC and CUBC.
We have a close squad of athletes, who really support and care for one another. The onus is placed on working not alone but together as a squad to make each other faster and stronger.
It is teamwork such as this which makes us greater than the sum of our parts. While we take our training seriously, we maintain a light-hearted and welcoming atmosphere which ensures we love the work we put down on the erg and in the boat.
I honestly loved my time spent trialling last year. The chance to both row and study at such an elite level is truly unique and becomes an integral part of your life at Cambridge. Though the days can be long and the sessions tough, I have loved every single one, with each helping you not only to improve as an athlete but also grow as a person.
CULRC is incredibly fortunate to have the coaches and resources currently available to it, allowing the Club to continually push forward and reach new heights.
Many athletes at the Club first begin rowing at Cambridge, learning with their respective college boat clubs. We believe this has made the sport and the Club accessible to all, with the hard work and determination of all our athletes producing the fantastic results we regularly see.
In 2019, the Lightweight Boat Race moved to its new venue on the Tideway, the same course as that seen in the open-weight Boat Races. With this huge step forward, we are excited to step up our performance too.