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Abigail Parker to become new Cambridge University Women's Boat Club president

Abigail Parker has been elected the new president of Cambridge University Womens Boat Club.
Abigail Parker has been elected the new president of Cambridge University Womens Boat Club.

And Light Blues alumnae earn GB selection

Abigail Parker has been elected Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club president for the 2019 Boat Race season.

The Emmanuel College student, who is doing a PhD in zoology, will takeover from outgoing president Daphne Martschenko.

Parker learned to row at Winsor School in the USA, and then went on to compete for Harvard University, where she raced in the Varsity Eight.

“I am honoured and excited to serve as CUWBC president next year,” said Parker.

“This club is an amazing group of strong women, and I will strive every day to uphold our tradition of excellence.

“I look forward to working with the core group of returners we have next year and welcoming many new members to the squad to build our performance culture and maximise the speed of all of our boats.”

Pembroke’s Emma Andrews has been elected vice-president and Emmanuel’s Jessica Godden will be the lightweights’ captain, as they take over as the junior committee from Martschenko, Tricia Smith and Ellie Thompson.

Meanwhile, Melissa Wilson and Holly Hill have been named in the GB squad for the World Rowing Cup regatta in Austria.

The former Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club duo missed the opening event of the season in Belgrade, but have earned spots in crews for Linz from tomorrow (Thursday).

Wilson is in the quadruple sculls alongside Zoe Lee, Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne and Jess Leyden, while Hill is part of a new-look women’s eight, with only cox Matilda Horn surviving from the silver medal-winning crew in Belgrade.

Light Blue Tom Ransley is brought into the men’s eight, along with fellow Blue Henry Fieldman, in one of two changes from the crew that won silver in Serbia.


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