Carys Earl in Trial 8s Rowing

Carys Earl on her rowing career, from early inspirations to the CUBC squad


Carys is at Gonville and Caius College and is currently in the second year of her undergraduate course, studying medicine. Having learnt indoor rowing at school, Carys was keen to continue her rowing career at Cambridge on the water, first with her College and then with CUBC.

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Watching crews train sparked an interest in rowing
Carys’ interest in rowing started when she was growing up in Oxford. Seeing rowers out on the rivers was a common occurrence and being a keen athlete at school, she regularly used to run by the river where some of the college crews trained. She knew then that she’d like to try rowing herself. Joining the indoor rowing club at school was her first step into the sport, where she competed against other schools in the region and attended the national indoor junior rowing championships. 

A wonderful community of students
Gonville and Caius College is known to have an excellent boat club, brilliant novice programme, and wonderful facilities, but most importantly for Carys there is a community of students who love training together and supporting each other in sport, in their academic work and also in their social lives. 

Carys says:

“It’s such a fun experience to row with Caius, and the squad is highly successful in races of all levels too. Knowing that Caius had such a good boat club was one of the reasons I picked this College when I applied to Cambridge. Having experienced rowing at school, I knew I wanted to continue rowing at university. However, the fresher’s events that my college boat club ran were very well publicised and lots of fun so I think I would have got into rowing regardless.

I would 100% recommend that anyone interested in rowing should try it out. The College’s novice programmes are very welcoming and great fun! You get to learn an amazing sport while spending time with equally amazing people. Even if you have no previous experience, they will teach you from scratch and there are plenty of novice races for you to get involved in if you want. There is something for everyone with college rowing, from low commitment training where you only have a few sessions each week to more competitive training where you work towards representing your college in big races like Bumps.” 

A first class result despite the commitments of training
Coaches as well as other students at Carys’ college boat club encouraged her to try out for the CUBC Development Squad. Having been accepted, she then took part in the summer training camp before trialling at the start of the term. 

Carys remembers:

“It was very exciting to come to Goldie and the Ely Boathouse for the first time and see all the triallists training. It’s been an amazing experience to trial and train alongside the other athletes in such a high level programme.”

Despite the significant extracurricular commitments of training and having rowed all year including the exam term, Carys has been able to not only enjoy her course, but also achieve a first class result in her first year exams. This has given her the motivation to continue striving to perform at her highest standards both academically and in sport.

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