LBCs Introductions – 2017/18

Hi, we are Hannah, Kirsty, Naomi, Nathan and Ollie and we’ll be the Lower Boats’ Captains for 2017/2018. We all learnt to row (or cox!) last year with DCBC and can’t wait to help you to get involved in the Boat Club this year. We’re really looking forward to meeting you all in October at the societies’ fair and taster days!

Below you’ll find a short paragraph about each of us.

Hannah Marsden web photo
2017/18 LBC Hannah Marsden. Photo credit: Giorgio Divitini

Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m a 2nd year PhysNatSci and I learnt to row last year with DCBC. I noviced in Michaelmas and rowed with W2 in both Lent and Easter terms. My highlight of the year has to be getting super blades in Lent Bumps having bumped every day, including an over -bump on the first day. Bumps (the races at the end of Lent and Easter term) are just one of the great things about being part of the Boat Club. The Boat Club dinners, swaps and other events put on are always great fun and a great way to get to know other people in college. I really hope you take the opportunity to enjoy what DCBC has to offer you.


2017/18 LBC Kirsty Nangle

Hi, I’m Kirsty and I’m a second year NatSci. I had wanted to take up rowing for a few years before I came to Cambridge but never had the time, so DCBC provided the perfect opportunity for me. I improved a lot throughout Michaelmas term and the pre-Lent term training camp, and after starting in our third and fourth novice boats for a few weeks, I made it into W1 by Lent term. I rowed with W1 in Lent and Easter terms, participating in races such as the Women’s Head of the River race in London. As I was in one of the less sociable accommodations, joining the Boat Club was a great way for me to meet new people. I made some of my closest friends in Cambridge through DCBC, not just in my own year group. It was the best decision I made last year and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering rowing or coxing this year.


2017/18 LBC Naomi Wilson

Hi, I’m Naomi and I’m a second year Economist. Competitive sport was never something I expected to be a part of or enjoy until I started at Downing. Novicing in Michaelmas was equally fun in both the training and the social side of DCBC! Throughout a very up and down year, moving up six places in W2 in Lent Bumps but down by four in W1 in May Bumps, I have loved being part of the women’s squad. Knowing that I’m a part of the crew becoming stronger and better together in every outing is something I find great comfort in when academic pressures increase! Novice rowing is fun, social, and a great way to get to know others in the Downing community better.

2017/18 LBC Nathan Parker

Hi I’m Nathan, I’m a 2nd year BioNatSci and will be one of your LBCs this year. Starting rowing was the best decision I made in my first year. I noviced during Michaelmas, rowed with M2 in Lent term and with M1 in Easter term. Rowing provided a healthy break and distraction from my work throughout the year and definitely had a positive effect on my grades. The Boat Club also has an amazing social side, with lots of events and dinners all year round and is a great way to make friends. Last year the majority of Freshers tried rowing; whatever level of commitment you’re looking for, this is the sport for you!


2017/18 LBC Ollie Boyne. Photo credit: Giorgio Divitini

Hi, I’m Ollie. I’m a 2nd year Engineer and a cox. In Michaelmas last year, I started both rowing and coxing, and very quickly decided to pursue coxing. I coxed for M3 in Lent term and M2 in Easter. Coxing provided all of the fun of rowing without the physical requirements and I enjoyed every minute of it. The social events in the Boat Club have definitely been some of the highlights of my first year, and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store. Make sure you get as involved as you can in DCBC, you won’t regret it!


Banyoles training camp 2017

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