On Saturday 4 March, the Hudson eight that will be used for this year’s Lightweight Women’s Boat Race was named at the University of Cambridge Boat House.
The boat was named “Ann Catherine”, in honour of in honour of the mother of Patricia Smith, a Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club squad member. Patricia’s father, Mike, unveiled the name in the presence of Patricia’s brother, her Cambridge University rowing Teammates and other special guests.
Following the naming, Bishop Stephen Conway of Ely blessed the boat “in celebration of skill and dedication” and said he hoped it would help to make the crews who race in it go fast!
Patricia is a Material Science student at Christ’s College. Her mother died after a cancer illness, in the last weeks of Patricia’s first year and just as Patricia joined the CUWBC team. Ann, who was an alumna of Churchill College, was delighted to know that her daughter had found a sport that was having such a positive influence on her life.
Catherine Twilley, Development Director at Christ’s College said “The College is enormously proud of Tricia and her achievements with CUWBC. We send our best wishes to Tricia and her family on this special day.”
During the naming ceremony, CUWBC Executive Member Pat Marsh highlighted Patricia’s fundraising efforts from last year when she chose to take part in 27 sports in 27 days and raise money for Cancer Research UK and the project to build a much needed boathouse for Cambridge University rowers. Whilst combining her love of sport with her wish to support scientific research Patricia raised over £10,000 for the 2 causes.
The boat will race in the Lightweight Women’s Boat Race in Henley at 15:30 on Sunday 26 March 2017.