If you are interested in joining Downing College Boat Club, especially if you are new to the club, then our LBCs will be the ones to get in touch with, either at the Freshers’ Faire in October, or just coming along to the Taster Day. They will be the ones to integrate you into the club and train you up before joining our senior squads!
Hello! My name is Daisy and I’m a second year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student. As one of your 4 LBCs I am here to encourage you to give rowing a go and help make your novice term as enjoyable and smooth sailing as possible! Before Cambridge the only sport I really did was dance, but I knew that I wanted to try rowing when I came to uni. Due to COVID, I only started rowing in Easter term last year. Even though my time at DCBC has only been brief so far, I can say for sure how lovely, supportive and welcoming everyone in the club is. All the rowing outings and races and socials served as a fantastic distraction from revision and exams, and definitely made my first year experience all the more memorable. I have loved my experience so far at DCBC, I have made some amazing friends and had some amazing experiences and I can’t wait to continue next year. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you!
Hello! I’m Ella and I’m a second year HSPS student. Some of my best memories from first year have been at the boat club and on the river and it’s our job to help encourage you to give rowing a go too. It’s a lovely way to meet new people as well as learning a new skill and keeping fit. I was a novice last year and am looking forward to joining the senior squad this year – whichever boat you find yourself in there will be a great atmosphere and you’ll be supported by loads of welcoming and friendly faces. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and seeing you around Downing and on the river!
Hello! I’m Imogen, one of the Lower Boats Captains this year. Hopefully we’ll convince you how great rowing is and to sign up! I’m a Second Year Phys Natsci. Don’t let anyone convince you Natscis are too busy to row – there’s a lot of us in the boat club, and I even had extra time to do some theatre. Rowing is a great way to socialise and get some fitness in, so it’s really worth it. It kept me sane! Whilst our first year of rowing was a little different from usual, it’s where I formed some of my closest friendships. Plus the Spoons trips were super fun! DCBC really is a family. Despite my lack of experience and severe lack of fitness coming in (lockdown did me dirty…) they welcomed me and helped me learn. The supportive atmosphere even helped me work my way up to W2 for Easter term. I’m looking forward to getting to know all the novices this year!
Hi! I’m Joey and I’m a second year NatSci student.
Unlike most novices, I did actually start rowing at DCBC having rowed a little bit before quite a while ago and I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t much of a fan. But despite our incredibly weird and incomplete year of novicing, my opinion of rowing has completely swayed the other way with the amount of fun I’ve had socialising, training and racing with others in the club.
Due to Michaelmas term last year being an absolute covid-infested nightmare, our novice term was pushed all the way to Easter and by this point in an incredibly physically lazy year, I was unfortunately quite unfit. I was a bit nervous about it being a bit too much for me, but many people are in the same boat (pun not intended). So if you’re considering rowing having not done much sport before, absolutely don’t let that stop you.
At the end of Easter term I raced with NM1 and M3 in the Eight’s Regatta and it was one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences in sport for me in a very long time. I can’t wait to push myself in races again next year, but can’t wait even more so to just get back in a boat, and hopefully see as many novices as possible in boats too!