Spotlight on Sport: Rowing

There has never been a more exciting time to join DMURC. The only club to have their very own full-time, professional coach as well as our equipment storage area right next to the brand new sports area off Upperton Road, things are looking fantastic for us. Fresh out of the clubs most successful ever year we are all desperately excited to get back into the swing of the new term, and win even more stuff! Socials are a massive part of what we, as a club, are about and we party at least as hard as we train! We’re currently looking at organising our first ever international tour this year, potentially through DMU global, so watch this space…it would be chaos, that much I can confirm!

What were the club’s accomplishments last season?

Some of our highest ever finishes at BUCS regatta, as well as some big wins throughout our regatta season, which involves races all over the country! Varsity was, again, a huge victory (8-1) but we are aiming for a 9-0 clean sweep this year! We’ve consistently won awards at colours over the last few years, including best sports team, most improved club, best varsity win and best sporting performance for our varsity result, and this is all testament to that amount of work our members put into their training!

What is your most memorable moment from last season?

So many to choose from! Watching the freshers going from terrified and clueless on their very first outing to racing within about 6 weeks (yes that actually happens!). Smashing Leicester Uni at varsity has to be up there as well… or watching an all DMU men’s final at Monmouth Regatta! Or just every Wednesday night….

What are your aspirations for this season?

After 2 years on the up, the club is aiming high this year. After some heavy investment in us by the university, we are all really ambitious to keep the results coming, and even improve on them. We are aiming to send both men’s and women’s crews to the Henley regattas, as well as hopefully picking up some BUCS points which would be an incredible achievement. Winning varsity again is a given!

How much does it cost to join your club?

The cost varies depending on what you want to do! Freshers/Beginners pay £15 for the first semester, plus £2 a week to come to circuits which takes place on Tuesday evenings. For the 2nd semester, everyone pays the same price of £40, unless you have been trained as one of the clubs coxswains (the little people who steer the boats, it’s lots of fun!), in which case you only pay a further £10 🙂

Why should students join your club?

Joining rowing is honestly the best thing you could do at University, and there has never been a better time to be more involved with DMURC. Everything is on the up; we’ve got the funding, we’ve got the coaches, and we’ve got the heart to go out there and show the rest of the country what we’re made of! Rowing is an absolutely fantastic (maybe the best?!) way of getting fit, and there is no bigger, or better group of people to do it with. Don’t worry if you “don’t have much upper body strength” (please don’t EVER say this sentence, it doesn’t matter!!) or if “you’re not very tall” (you can learn to cox!), we take everybody!

We also enjoy brilliant links with our rowing alumni (the Old Blades) who are a fantastic source of networking after graduation.

To join DMU Rowing, find them at the Sports and Societies Fair on Thursday 1st October or get in touch via their links below: