Message from Men's Captain, Toby Lehain:
Despite the loss of the vast majority of our first and second VIII at the end of last year, our first term saw successes on all fronts, which really speaks to the depth of the squad we are developing – an unusual feat for such a small college.
A huge team of volunteer coaches, unheard of in any other college, set to work on developing our Novice squads, all of whom performed admirably, despite the awkward new Novice Cup format, coming 3rd, 7th and 17th overall. These novices, moving straight up into VIIIs, now train as hard as any college first eight, working hard for a phenomenal six sessions a week, leaving the college in a fantastic place for future years.
Meanwhile, the seniors have been putting in a serious shift, becoming the fourth fastest college VIII at Rutherford Head and placing 1st and 4th at Senate Cup. With only a second between the crews in the short-course time trial, we proved a point about the importance of squad consistency, winning a huge number of college points and topping the new DCR table.
Coming up this term we’ll be putting out a huge four Men’s IVs into the first division of Durham Small Boats Head, testament to development of the resources of the club. This will be the first British Rowing event for our novices, who I am sure will do themselves proud. We hope to maintain our place on the top of the DCR rowing table with the Spring Novice and Senate Cups, as well as sending an VIII to represent the university at BUCS Head and sending two VIIIs to HoRR, trying to repeat or better our past records. Competition with other colleges and within the boats themselves is at an all-time high and we’re looking forward to a very successful season.
- Toby, Epiphany 2017
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