Blue Boat 1995, Homerton College
Joan is currently a reader in the Signal Processing Group of the CU Engineering Department and a Fellow of Trinity College. Her research is mainly in the fields of image processing, computer vision and computer graphics, with particular emphasis on optical motion capture and analysis of 3D motion. She is an ex-Blue in cross country, twice winning the Varsity Match, and also athletics. She still competes, but these days mainly against the old ladies.
Blue Boat 1993 & 1994, Pembroke College
Having learned to row at Cambridge, Cath was World Champion in 2003 and Olympic Silver medallist in 2004. She is the former Chair of CUWBC (2014-2018). Away from CUWBC, Cath has worked as a Foreign Office Diplomat (2001-2013), and is now a Leadership Consultant & Speaker (2013-).
Her current focus on the Executive Committee is on Performance and Coaching (member of Performance Advisory Group) working with the coaches to support the performance programme.
Blue Boat 2011, 2012 and 2013,
Gonville & Caius College
PhD Zoology, Emmanuel College
Abigail is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Zoology. She conducts research on the evolution of reptile body size over the past 66 million years based in the University Museum of Zoology. Her research is supported by the Harvard Herchel Smith Postgraduate Scholarship at Emmanuel College. Her past work in paleontology includes analysis of the habitat distributions of fossil horses.
Abigail has been racing since 2010, when she began rowing for The Winsor School in Boston, USA. As an undergraduate, she rowed for Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew at Harvard University, where she was the team co-captain in her final year. During her 8 years rowing on the Charles River, she claimed a Head of the Charles victory, US Club National Championship medals, and sculled at US under-23 national team trials. Joining CUWBC in 2017, she was in the winning Trial Eights boat and won the spare pair race at the 2108 Boat Races.
Emma is a third year Natural Scientist at Pembroke College, specialising in Physics. She has lots of experience of tideway conditions, having learnt to row there age 13 at Putney High School, where she was also Captain of the Boat Club.
She arrived at Cambridge as a fresher, and has now done two seasons with CUWBC in the Blondie crew, beating Osiris in the reserve boat race by 13 and 9 lengths the last two years. Her Blondie line ups have also produced incredible results at Women’s Head of the River, 7th and 8th overall, and more recently she was fastest non qualifier in the Stonor Challenge cup at Henley Royal Regatta 2018.