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University of London Boat Club


University of London Boat Club

University of London Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Motto Excellence Through Rowing
Location Chiswick, London, UK
Home water Tideway
Founded 1864 (1864)
Affiliations British Rowing
Henley Royal Regatta (43 wins)
Notable members

University of London Boat Club (ULBC or UL) is the rowing club for the University of London with membership open to students of all of its constituent Colleges (and of their own boat clubs). Non-students can also become members. This normally takes the form of rowers on Gap Years or rowers studying at other academic institutions in the London area like Brunel University or BPP University. The club has its boat house on the River Thames in Chiswick, London, United Kingdom and is a designated High Performance Programme for GB Rowing, providing a pathway for athletes onto the U23 and Senior GB Rowing Teams

The University of London Boat Club (ULBC) has more Henley Royal Regatta wins than any other British University in history and has won at least one event a year at Henley Womens Regatta for the past 19 years. The club's crews were Winners of the Games in 2014 at the BUCS Regatta. ULBC has produced a huge number of international representatives, many of whom have then gone on to medal or win at Senior and U23 World Championships and Olympic Games.


The club was formed in the mid-1860s, and since 1950 has won 43 Henley Regatta finals, produced 125 full internationals winning 363 vests[n 1], achieving a total of 74 medals: 21 gold, 19 silver and 34 bronze. At U23 Internationals and World Student Games events the club has won 177 vests and produced 30 medal-winning crews (9 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze).[1]

ULBC has been represented at every Olympic Games since 1960:

  • 1960 Rome - Coxed Pair: S.Farquharson, J.R. Reeves
  • 1964 Tokyo - Coxless Pair: S.Farquharson, J.D.Lee
  • 1968 Mexico - Eight: M.M.K.Cooper, B.L.A.Carter, M.Malpass, R.D.Yarrow, P.G.Knapp, P.J.Wright, A.A.Bayles, P.L.Thomas, cox, T.Kirk
  • 1972 Munich - Coxless Pair: M.M.K. Cooper. Coxed Four: R.W.J. Massara
  • 1976 Montreal - Coxless Four: N.A.Keron, D.G.H.Townsend
  • 1980 Moscow - Coxless Four: D.G.H.Townsend, M.Cross (Bronze)
  • 1984 Los Angeles - Coxless Four: R.G.McBudgett, M.Cross (Gold). Women’s Eight: N.V.Boyes, A.Callaway. Coxed Pair: A.M.Genziani
  • 1988 Seoul - Eight: A.Obholzer, P.Beaumont, T.Dillon, S.Hassan, S.Jeffries. Coxed Four: M.Cross, J.M. Maxey, V. Thomas
  • 1992 Barcelona - Coxless Four: S.Hassan. Eight: M.Cross, T.C.Foster, J.D.C.Walker, cox A.Ellison. Women’s Eight: A.Patterson
  • 1996 Atlanta - Coxless Four: T.C. Foster, R.Obholzer (Bronze). Eight: M.H.W. Parish, G. Smith, J.D.C. Walker. Lwt Coxless Four: M.R, Rowand Republic of South Africa
  • 2000 Sydney - Single Scull: M.Wells. Coxless Four: T.C.Foster (Gold). Lwt Coxless Four: M.R, Rowand for Republic of South Africa. Women’s Double: F.Houghton. Women’s Eight: A.Beever
  • 2004 Athens - Double Scull: M.Wells. Quad Scull: P.Wells. Eight: C.Cormack. Women’s Quad Scull: F.Houghton (Silver)
  • 2008 Beijing - Double Scull: M.Wells (Bronze). Women’s Quad Scull: F.Houghton (Silver). Women’s Eight: J.Eddie, C.Greves
  • 2012 London - Quad Scull: M.Wells. Women’s Quad Scull: F.Houghton, M.Wilson. Women’s Eight: J.Eddie, C.Greves

Coaching team

The University of London Boat Club has three full-time coaches, two S&C coaches and a large network of volunteer coaches. Physio support is also available. There are a number of alumni and volunteers who help with facilities and logistics.

Scholarships and support

The University of London Boat Club supports all its athletes by covering race entries, transport to events, racing kit and subsidising post training meals and club training camps. For those athletes who are competing at the top level of the sport they will receive assistance in covering the extra costs associated with that. The club is also able to offer subsidised on-site accommodation.

There is also support available from the university in the form of the Convocation Trust. This funding is available through the university to help cover the costs associated with international representation.

Some individual college sports department also have sport bursaries available to students of those colleges. These vary in form from cash bursaries to support services such as physiotherapy and strength and conditioning. In addition most colleges have a number of academic scholarships and bursaries.

Alumni and wider participation

The club shares its facilities with an active and supportive rowing alumni club, Tyrian Club which began as a selective club but in common with various community-minded sports initiatives across British universities became open to a wide range of non-novice adults in the early 2010s with its own designated blades and training programme.[2] Tyrian members frequently train with the current ULBC squad. In 2013 a Tyrian Club crew won the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and in 2015 won an event at the Head Of The Charles Regatta, in the USA.

Notable members

  • Katie Greves - World Rowing Championship 2007 & 2011 Bronze, Olympic 2012 finalist W8+[3]
  • Maurice Hayes - former coach and now British Rowing Resources Manager[4]
  • Frances Houghton - Four times World Champion and double Olympic silver medallist, 2004-2010 – women’s quadruple scull [5]
  • Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell - World Champion 2015 in Men's Coxed Pair, World Champion 2014 in Men's Eight, Silver in 2011. World U23 Championships 2010 Silver M4-, World U23 Championships 2009 Bronze M8+, World Junior Championships 2006 Gold M4- [6]
  • Tim Foster - Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000
  • Cameron Nichol - World Rowing Championship 2010 & 2011 Silver. (Learnt to row at University of London).
  • Richard Budgett - Olympic Gold Medalist in 1984.
  • Matt Wells - Olympic Bronze Medalist in 2008
  • Paul Bennett - World Champion 2015 in the Men's Eight. World Champion 2014 in the Men's Eight. (Learnt to row at University of London).
  • Jessica Eddie - World Rowing Championship 2007 & 2011 Bronze, Olympic 2008 & 2012 finalist W8+
  • James Fox - World Champion 2015 in the LTA4+. World Champion 2014 in the LTA4+. World Champion 2013 in the LTA4+.
  • Robin William - Olympic and World Championship winning coach
  • Paul Stannard - Great Britain Rowing Team coach
  • Simon Cox - Australian national rowing team coach
  • Lady Ann Redgrave - Olympic rower and Chief Medical Officer to GB Rowing

College boat clubs

As with other collegiate universities, the University of London's colleges have their own boat clubs.

Imperial College School of Medicine Boat Club[n 2]

  • King's College London Boat Club[n 3]

London School of Economics Boat Club
Queen Mary, University of London Boat Club[n 4]
Royal Free and University College Medical School Boat Club
Royal Holloway College Boat Club[n 5]

  • Royal Veterinary College Boat Club
  • St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals' Boat Club (BLBC)[n 6]

St George's Hospital Medical School Boat Club
University College London Boat Club[n 7]

These colleges compete annually for the Allom Cup. Additionally, the medical schools take part in the United Hospitals Bumps races. Both contests take place on the Tideway.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Positions in national boats
  2. ^ Land training of ICSMBC is at Imperial College Boat Club, Putney
  3. ^ KCLBC inc. Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals. Boat at Tideway Scullers School (a club 100m downstream of the UL boathouse)
  4. ^ Based at the London Regatta Centre, London Docklands
  5. ^ Land training at Egham
  6. ^ Land training in September at the London Regatta Centre, Docklands
  7. ^ Land training of UCLBC is at Bloomsbury campus
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External links

  • University of London Boat Club
  • United Hospitals Boat Club
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