CUR Academic Awards


Seven Cambridge rowers were presented with Academic Excellent Awards at the Goldie Boathouse recently.  Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Virgo presented awards to students from the 2017/18 Season who both rowed in a Boat Race crew and achieved outstanding academic results at the end of the year.

These results underline the findings of the recently-launched Sport and Academic Performance Report developed under Cambridge University’s Strategy for Sport 2017-2022. The findings of this also support earlier BUCS research into graduate employability which were that:-

  • More than half of the graduates reported that sporting involvement helped them develop teamwork skills and leadership qualities in the workplace.
  • Employers recognise the benefits of sport in developing career-enhancing qualities, with more than 90% of them identifying a clear link between university sports participation and valuable skills and strengths.

“There is a growing focus on student mental health and well-being nationally and within the collegiate University. Participation in sport and other extra-curricular activities have an important role in ensuring that students’ educational experiences in Cambridge are as good as they can be”, commented Professor Virgo.

The following students received the Awards:-

Laura Foster

Laura is at Queens’ College studying for a PhD in Archaeology.  She starting rowing just over ten years ago at High School in the USA and, prior to coming to Cambridge, she rowed at the University of Michigan.  Laura rowed in the Blue Boat 2019.

Catriona Hunter

Catriona is at Magdalene College studying for her PGCE in secondary music.  She is from Shipston on Stour in Warwickshire.  She started coxing at OUBC when she was studying for her first degree there and has coxed ‘all over the place’ since then. Catriona coxed Blondie in 2019.

Tara Slade

Tara is at Gonville and Caius College studying for an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science). She is from Angmering, near Brighton and started coxing with Caius Boat Club.  Tara was in Maypole, the Cambridge University Women’s Lightweight reserve IV+.



Theo Weinburger

Theo is at St John’s College studying Part II Physics. He is from Henley, United Kingdom and started rowing at school and has been doing it ever since.

Theo was in the CULRC 2018 Blue Boat and was a spare for CUBC this year.


Juliet Armstrong

Juliet is at Trinity College where she is studying History. She is from Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Juliet was Vice President of CULRC 2017-2018 and coxed 2017 and 2018.


Deborah Oakley

Deborah is at Darwin College where she is studying for an MPhil in Basic and Translational Science. She is from Northumberland, United Kingdom and

started rowing at Lancaster University. I was in the Lightweight 8+ 2018.


Sophie Shapter

Sophie was at St Catherine’s College and studied for an MPhil in Psychology and Education. She is from Putney, London and started rowing at Latymer Upper school. Sophie plays football for her local team and hasn’t coxed since winning the Boat Race in 2018.