Highlights from previous year’s campaigns included the Men’s 1st VIII earning the biggest prize in Oxford rowing, the Headship in Summer Eights 2008. With the Women’s 1st VIII within striking distance of the Headship in Summer Eights 2010.
In 2008, BCBC was the most successful boat club as a whole in Torpids and Summer Eights. The Men’s 1st VIII also launched a very successful Henley campaign qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta, beating numerous university 1st VIIIs along the way, and making it through to the second round only to put in a creditable performance in losing to Harvard University.
Women’s rowing at Balliol has been improving and excelling, with the 1st VIII currently sitting in the highest place in BCBC history, 2nd in the top Division of Summer VIIIs. This leaves us within reach of the Headship next year, an exciting prospect for the coming year. This year the 3 crews entered into Torpids and Summer VIIIs gained 4 sets of blades (three in Torpids and one in Summer VIIIs), without conceding a single bump.
With few experienced women rowers starting at Balliol, there are many chances of going very far. This year, our 1st VIII had three novices racing in both Torpids and Summer VIIIs, and the 2nd VIII is fast making its way up the divisions, to a position it deserves.
We have also had a number of Blues rowers. Most recently, Emma Windham came to Balliol as a novice, and soon found herself president of OUWBC, and currently rows at Leander, in the hopes of joining the GB team. We currently have 3 girls trialling for the University open weights and 3 girls for the University light weights.
While gaining these fantastic results, the main aim of rowing at Balliol is to enjoy oneself. With a good balance of encouraging coaches, crew dates and crew bonding, the boat club remains a positive and enjoyable team.