The most successful undergraduate rowing programme in Britain
Durham University Rowing:
The University Boat Club is funded by GB rowing and Siemens as a high performance programme to develop international athletes. Recent graduates of the programme have included Olympians Sophie Hosking, Steve Rowbotham, Emily Taylor and Louisa Reeve. Recent student internationals include Sarah Cowburn, Matt Rossiter, Kieren Emery, Will Fletcher, Jamie Watson and Jenny Arnold.
The University Boat Club has been the British University champions since 2004, retaining its title for nine consecutive years. Will Fletcher has won at HRR for the last four years and the club has won at HWR most years since 2002. The University boat club also runs a successful Freshers’ programme fast tracking athletes who have never rowed before into the sport.
Our college boat clubs cater for the vast majority of students who wish to row at the University, each club has its own distinct character and offer motivated students the chance to run their own rowing club or coach their own crew.
The University Boat Club has been active amongst the community helping to develop talented junior athletes to junior world championship medals and into junior teams. The new rowing facilities at Maiden Castle means that the community programme is expanding and many of the elite athletes find it rewarding to volunteer to coach talented local juniors. The community programme will qualify coaches who then work with local schools.