Message from Women's Captain, Siân Cogan:
This year has seen a vast increase in the number of women rowing for John’s. We started the year with only six seniors, only one of whom had de-noviced, and so was still a fairly inexperienced group of rowers.
However, at the college activities fair in October we had a huge interest in rowing, with 26 women signing up as Novices. DCR restrictions on Novice cup meant we were only allowed to enter eight IVs, and after 1 km erg trials it was decided that five women’s and three men’s crews would compete. We had incredible results at Novice Cup – our women came 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 20th out of 49 crews. Previously we have seen a vast number of Novices drop out over Christmas, but due to their success in December, 21 Novices wanted to continue and move up into the Senior Squad.
This term we now have three VIIIs training two to three weekly, which is absolutely incredible – we struggled to get a IV together last year!
This term, the women will be competing at Durham Small Boats Head, Tyne Head, DCR Spring Novice Cup, and Women’s VIIIs Head of the River. Entering an eight at WEHoRR is an incredible achievement for SJCBC – it is the first time in 3 years we have been entered, and last year it was anticipated if we wanted to compete we would have to form a composite.
We are glad this term to be making use of our new VIII – Mally Yates, and two new racing IVs, enabling us to train to compete, with good enough equipment to have no hindrance in our efforts.
- Siân, Epiphany 2017
Regatta season is set to start after Easter Break - stay tuned for announcements of where our women will be racing next term.
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