Rowing as part of a crew develops a team spirit found in few other sports. The rigours of training also teach skills such as time management, organisation and application.
Our boathouse is on campus and opens straight out onto the Thames, site of the historic Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race. The Boat Club trains and races all year round. Local races take place roughly every fortnight, offering the chance for you to pit yourself against crews from other clubs and schools. Later on in the season, national regattas take place, notably the National Schools Regatta and, the pinnacle of any rower’s career, Henley Royal Regatta.
There really is no limit to what pupils can achieve with the club, with victories at local, national and even international events. Every year, several members of the Boat Club trial for the Great Britain junior squads, frequently getting the opportunity to represent GB at one of the junior international regattas held around Europe in the summer.
In 2015, St Paul's won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Royal Regatta for the fifth time and picked up a Gold medal in the Anglo-French rowing match.
The achievements of rowers from St Paul’s do not end when they leave the school. If boys want to carry on rowing at university, rowing at SPSBC provides them with an excellent foundation for this. Many students have gone on to represent their universities, including Oxford and Cambridge in the Boat Race. A select few even go on to row at senior international and Olympic level.
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