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Dara Alizadeh full of pride in Cambridge University's Boat Race winning crews




Dara Alizadeh gives a big thumbs-up to his Cambridge University Boat Club crew after their Boat Race win. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Dara Alizadeh gives a big thumbs-up to his Cambridge University Boat Club crew after their Boat Race win. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

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.”



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