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Cambridge 99 Rowing Club named Judge Business School team of the year at the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards




Cambs police superintendent Jon Hutchinson, Gemma Douglas, Ben Szreter, Richard Kirkland and the Judge Business School’s Christoph Loch. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9601419)
Cambs police superintendent Jon Hutchinson, Gemma Douglas, Ben Szreter, Richard Kirkland and the Judge Business School’s Christoph Loch. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9601419)

Taking rowing to a wider audience helped see Cambridge 99 Rowing Club named team of the year.

They have enjoyed plenty of success on the water at Head races and during the regatta campaign, with the growth of their progression squad, juniors and adults.

But it is not just about performance and, with the support of St Edmund’s College Boat Club and St Mary’s School among others, Nines’ being an advocate of excellence in the city caught the attention of the judges.

“We’re really excited. I think it brings everything together that we’ve been building at the club for the last two to three years,” said Nines club captain Kirkland after collecting the award.

“I think everything that everyone has been saying about sport in the community and bringing sport to everyone is what we’ve been doing at Nines in the recent period.”

The club has 200 members, including an active junior and Learn to Row squad, and also number a GB para-rower and GB junior in their ranks.

“We aim to be the top in Cambridge at bringing the Cambridge rowing story out across the rest of the UK but, as well as that, we’re very open to members who are retired, those who may only want to row once a month for fitness and it’s very much a club that’s very open to all levels no matter what the ability,” he said.

“If you want to race at Olympic standard we offer that, and if you only want to do very casual rowing for fun then that’s on offer as well.

“It’s really nice to get the award and the recognition because behind the scenes there is a very large team, everybody is a volunteer.”



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