Elected in May the 2021 presidents will be working alongside the still-to-be-elected Women’s Lightweight President, in close partnership with each other in the new Cambridge University Boat Club.

Sophie Paine

Women’s President

Sophie was born in Freeport, Bahamas and attended Brown University from 2015-2019. She represented Brown in 2 National Championships in the Varsity 8+ and 1 National Championship in the Varsity 4+, as well as 4 Ivy League Championships. She rowed for Great Britain in the Women’s U23 8+ in Sarasota, FL 2019 and won a silver medal. Last year she studied at Cambridge’s Judge Business School (MPhil Management) and was selected for the 2020 Blue Boat. She is currently studying for an MPhil in the Sociology of Media and Culture. 

“I am delighted to have been appointed President of CUBC Openweight Women for the 2020/21 campaign. This will be a particularly important year as the men’s and women’s teams amalgamate under a newly formed structure. I am keen to develop a culture of strong communication and team values, building on the success and legacy of past Presidents to deliver exceptional performances both on and off the water.”

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Callum Sullivan

Men’s President

I’m honoured to have been chosen as CUBC’s Men’s President for the 2021 Campaign, and I’m looking forward to working with Sophie and Eytan to achieve the Club’s goal: defeating Oxford on the Tideway.

This will be my fourth campaign with CUBC. I’ve developed in the program though Goldie into the Blue Boat, and along the way have represented GB at u23 World Championships. 

This year’s squad looks to be very strong, and with our excellent team of coaches and support staff we are looking forward to the club’s future successes.

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Eytan Cortissos

Lightweight Men’s President

I am going into my fourth and final undergraduate year, studying Manufacturing Engineering. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and in true Dutch fashion, I have always played hockey, a sport I continued at Cambridge. I also gave rowing a try at Peterhouse Boat Club and developed quickly under coach Steve Harris.

Last year, I hung up the hockey boots to trial for CUL, which eventually led to rowing at four in the Men’s Lightweight Boat Race in March. This was a hugely rewarding experience, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Having lost our race and a summer of rowing, I’m incredibly eager to get started on a new campaign. Things will be different, whether it be the exciting opportunities of our transition into one club or any adaptations Covid throws at us in the season ahead. The latter is prompting us to find creative ways to stay fit over the summer, with the squad already putting in promising work.

I can’t wait to build on this to create a strong and resilient crew, and hopefully lead the Cambridge Lightweight Men to our first ever Boat Race victory on the Tideway.


Olivia Alliott

Lightweight Women’s President

Olivia is a 2nd year PhD student in the MRC Epidemiology Unit. She learnt to row at the University of Edinburgh during her undergraduate degree and was part of the reserve 4+ in the 2020 Lightweight Boat Race.

“This year’s campaign will be different to any other. With the One Club merger and the challenge of Covid-19 I can’t think of a more unique time to be president and I am delighted to be taking on this role. Last year’s squad set the bar high, winning our first ever Boat Race on the tideway and I am looking forward to working with the club towards the goal of defending this victory!”

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