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Bright Light Blue future as University of Cambridge rowing clubs merge to become one




Cambridge University Boat Club will become one merged club with the men's, women's and lightweight squads. Picture: Rich Marsham
Cambridge University Boat Club will become one merged club with the men's, women's and lightweight squads. Picture: Rich Marsham

A single high performance rowing club will be formed at the University of Cambridge.

Members of the current boat clubs – Cambridge University Boat Club, Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club and Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club – have voted overwhelmingly to merge as one.

The newly-combined Cambridge University Boat Club is a decisive step in the unification process that began with a meeting convened

by vice-chancellor Stephen J Toope with senior representatives of the three boat clubs in September 2018.

Annamarie Phelps, the new CUBC chair elect, said: “After last year’s dominating performances across the Boat Races this is a huge step forward for the future of rowing at Cambridge University.

“Bringing all our talented student athletes, staff and alumni together into a single organisation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a modern, sustainable and successful new club that is truly fit for the future. Huge thanks to all those who have led this work and to the members who have voted for a bright, new light blue future.”

Professor Toope and senior pro vice-chancellor for education Graham Virgo said: “We are delighted that the members of the University Boat Clubs have voted overwhelmingly to form a single rowing club.

“In these uncertain times, this decision places Cambridge University high performance rowing in a very strong position for the future.

“We are grateful for the hard work of the representatives of the boat clubs and others who have done so much to unify the boat clubs.”



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