When I got my place at Cambridge, I decided I’d give trialling for CUWBC a go. Having rowed at school and really enjoyed that, I thought it might be fun! One year on and it’s been great; I’ve found rowing here really quite similar to rowing competitively as a junior, and rowing at school definitely helped me learn to balance academia and sport.
There are a few differences – here I’ve had the opportunity to work as part of a much bigger squad, with sponsors, and prepare for an event which receives national coverage. It has been incredible, sitting on the start line with those eight other girls is something I will never forget. Plus, as a first year, meeting people outside of my college’s fresher year has been a big bonus. I loved getting to know people who were already settled in to Cambridge life and could offer a chat over coffee and a friendly face when I was trying to find my way to lectures in the first few weeks!
Ella Barnard, Lightweight 2014
Please note that applications close in the middle of October in the year preceding the start of the course (i.e. October 2014 for admission in 2015), so it is important to start thinking about your application early. For Mature Applicants (those over 21 at admission), there are slightly later deadlines in some subjects.
Arriving in Cambridge I knew that rowing was a massive part of University life so initially I planned to row for my college, then see if I was strong enough to trial for CUWBC in my second year. As a junior at Marlow Rowing Club I’d had experience rowing at a competitive level, but I wasn’t sure where I would be in relation to the standards at College or University athletes. However, after meeting some very enthusiastic CUWBC rowers at the Fresher’s Fair, I was soon persuaded to join the squad!
Everyone was so friendly and welcoming; I could not have asked for a more supportive squad to help me step up to the challenging programme. Although the training is intense there are many ways to fit rowing around work. Trialling has definitely been the most rewarding commitment I have ever made; rowing in the Boat Race is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Plus, we have the chance to race both nationally and internationally against top crews! Most importantly, the girls in my squad have become friends for life and I will treasure the memories of my time with CUWBC.
Cat Foot, Blue Boat 2014
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