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! My name is Bob and I am a second year Classics student. Unlike most people joining the boat club I actually had a few years of experience rowing before I got here which will hopefully give me the experience to help you as much as I can. However, because of Covid I wasn’t able to properly get involved with the boat club till Easter term and as such I was quite nervous about interacting with lots of people I didn’t really know, as well as my fitness which had dropped significantly. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about as I found it really easy to get involved, loved the supportive nature of everyone here and had a great time at any socials I attended. With that said I hope I can help you get as much as you can out of rowing at Downing and I can’t wait to meet you all!