The Olympic Pathway

Cath Bishop, CUWBC Chairman writes…

“As I watch the Olympics, it doesn’t just take me back to the 3 Olympics that I competed at in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens (now ancient history), it also takes me back to when and where I first took up rowing and encountered this wonderful sport – at Cambridge University.

And throughout the 15 year journey from Pembroke College novice to Olympic medallist, a few things changed – the hours I trained, the seriousness and level of attention to detail, and the kit was slightly better quality (!) – but lots of things didn’t change – it was always about trying to make the next stroke better than the last, always trying to gain greater cohesion with your teammates, and always searching for that addictive feeling of the boat flying over the water when all your effort suddenly comes together and the boat takes off.

Rowing in the Boat Race was great preparation for all that was to come, and now that there is proper support and sponsorship for the women’s university crews at Cambridge and Oxford, and the great stage of the Championship Course on the Tideway to race on in March every year, it offers an even better platform for the next generation of Olympians to join the incredible journey of trying to make the boat go faster and seeing how far that will take you – for some it’ll be to Ely and London, for others Tokyo and beyond await!”

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