Dara Alizadeh full of pride in Cambridge University's Boat Race winning crews
Dara Alizadeh could hardly hide his pride in the Cambridge University Boat Club squad after their successes in the Boat Race and reserve race.
The 25-year-old Light Blues president has led by example this season, and was emotional when he talked about the squad after both crews earned one-length wins.
For the Blue boat, it was the first back-to-back Boat Race victories in 20 years.
“These guys are the best,” said Alizadeh. “I love every single one of these guys, this club, our coaches - Rob (Baker), Rich (Chambers) and Donald (Legget) - and Ali (Taylor, the executive secretary), Milosz (Wrobel, the strength and conditioning coach), everyone in this club. What a thrill to be part of.
“The Blue boat is nothing without Goldie (the reserve crew). I can’t tell you how many times they have just punished us in practice, and they’ve helped raise the standard, and the spares as well.
“When everyone gives up a little bit of individuality, that’s where champions come from.”
Reflecting on his year as president, he said: “I’ve learned so much. These guys did it, I was just there. They are such leaders and everyone makes such a contribution. I was just another cog in the machine, baby.”
And he had special words for vice-president Freddie Davidson.
“Freddie has been just the best vice-president,” added Alizadeh. “He truly loves this club and is such a grinder. I couldn’t do anything without him, I can’t say enough good things about him.”