Updates on USBC alumni coming soon…
Positions in the club: Secretary 11-12, President 14-15
Degree: Space Technology and Planetary Exploration MEng
Current Boat Club: Stratford Upon Avon Boat Club
Job: Corporate and Strategy Coordinator, Jaguar Land Rover
Rowing Highlights: Qualifying for the Price Albert in 2014, winning for England at Home International Regatta 2015, seeing a boat named after me qualifying for HWR 2017
“Back in September 2010 I was walking around Fresher’s Fayre looking for a new club to join when I was grabbed by the coxing captain: “You’re small, would you like to be a cox?” 7 years later I’ve been USBC president, represented England as a cox, competed at Henley 3 times, and made friends to last a lifetime.
Joining the rowing team gave me a really good focus outside of my degree, and surrounded me with like-minded people who all worked hard at studies and sport, and played even harder at Annual Dinner and Henley! Early mornings in the winter before lectures weren’t the nicest thing to do but having such a supportive squad and crew made it easier, and the rewards were worth every session. Running the boat club, training sometimes twice a day and studying for my masters meant final year was quite hectic, but I’d do it all again if I had the chance.
After I graduated two years ago I moved up to the West Midlands for my job, I retired from coxing. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay away, even switching to rowing for a few months! Moving back into coxing I competed at Henley Royal Regatta 2017 for Stratford Upon Avon, making the Britannia Challenge Cup quarter finals. Rowing around a full time job has not been easy but it’s definitely been worth it.
Joining USBC also helped with my health. When I joined the club I weighed just 42kg and had an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. Due to the minimum weight requirements of being a cox I really needed to gain weight, something I really struggled with, physically and mentally. Being surrounded by elite athletes all the time who were also supportive friends really helped me to overcome a lot of my self confidence issues and gave me the tools to start eating well and exercising properly. I was exactly on the cox weight of 55kg for Henley 2017 and much healthier and happier for it!
In the years since I joined USBC the club has grown and reached new heights we could only have dreamt of back in 2010. I’m really excited to see what happens in the coming years and hope to be active part of it supporting the club where I can!”