Cambrdge University Boat Club is for all the men and women who represent Cambridge University in rowing, past, present and future.

The club was formed on 1 August 2020 when the three historic university boat clubs – CUBC, CUWBC and CULRC – merged into one. The clubs had already been working together, sharing facilities and other resources, and in some cases training together. We are now one club, bringing all the best of the three previous clubs together, under a unified management board.

This ensures we can draw on all our resources, knowledge and experience, to provide the best possible experience for our student athletes. The training programmes are customised for the different squads, but the total resources are there to benefit all of us.

Chief Coaches

Rob Baker

Chief Coach, Men

Rob began his CUBC career as Assistant Coach in 2001, leading Goldie to wins in 2006 and 2007 plus a win in the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley in 2003, and in the Stewards’ Challenge Cup in 2008 whilst the Club’s acting Head Coach.

Rob moved to Ireland to lead Irish Rowing’s U23 squad for three years, and then in 2015 returned to Cambridge as the first full-time coach for the women’s squad, overseeing their move to the Tideway for their Boat Race, and leading them to dominant wins in 2017 and 2018 in both Blue and Reserve races. Since the 2018-19 season, Rob’s primary focus has been the men’s squad.

Rob is Cambridge born and bred, the son of a university boatman, and has rowing and Boat Races in his blood. His wife Hayley rowed for Cambridge as a Lightweight and they have two children.

Patrick Ryan

Chief Coach, Women

Paddy began his career here as the assistant coach at CUWBC in October 2013, he began rowing in his native Australia, going on to medal nationally as an Under-23 sculler. On moving to the UK in 2000, Paddy joined Thames Rowing Club and remains a member to this day. His time there saw TRC earn many Blue Ribbon wins including the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2006 (which he won as an athlete in 2003). Paddy’s wealth of Tideway experience and know-how is a huge asset to the team. He spent six years at London Youth Rowing (LYR), during which he helped to grow the organisation from a small charity to a London-wide group working with thousands of teenagers each year. While there, he won multiple medals at the British Championships and guided many athletes through the GB Junior Trials.

Although intimidatingly tall, Paddy’s kindness is unparalleled. His care and devotion to his athletes brings a special warmth to the club. On top of this, Paddy’s ability to adapt to any rower with patience and commitment, to bring out the best in each rower he works with, is striking.

Assistant Coaches

Bill Lucas

An Olympian in 2012 in the GB M2x, Bill quickly progressed as a coach, where his work as S and C Coach and lead coach contributed to Sir William Borlase School’s 2015 win in the Fawley and Surbiton High School’s win in the JW4x at Henley Women’s Regatta, before taking over as Women’s Head Coach at Thames Rowing Club and achieving success in events such as Scullers’ and Pairs’ Head.  


In 2017, Bill moved to Switzerland where he took the position of Assistant Head Coach with the Swiss Rowing Federation. Success followed Bill to Switzerland where his crews won multiple medals at World Cups, European Championships, and U23 World Championships. 

Nick Acock

Nick began with Cambridge as cox of Blondie in 2003 and started as an assistant coach with CUWBC the following year. Joining full time in 2013 for the move to the Tideway, he coached Blondie and the lightweight women, leading to wins in 2015 and 2017 for the lightweights and 2016 for Blondie. Nick has also coached several crews to wins at BUCS regatta and a win at the elite level of Henley Women’s Regatta. After a spell away, he returned to CUBC for the 2021 season.

Henry Fieldman

Coxing Coach

Henry Fieldman started coxing at Imperial College Boat Club, under the leadership of Steve Trapmore, he coxed the GB under 23 Men’s Eight from 2008 to 2010, winning two bronze medals.

Henry studied at Cambridge for an MPhil in Psychology and Education, coxing the Light Blues in the 2013 Boat Race. Henry coxed the GB ‘B’ Eight in 2013, representing Cambridge in the Ladies Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta, winning in a record time of 5:58. In 2014 Henry coxed the GB Men’s Coxed Pair at the World Rowing Championships to a silver medal.

Henry’s role as coxing coach is to prepare the CUBC’s coxes to perform to their potential on Boat Race day. He brings considerable experience in effective communication, tideway steering, race tactics, general psychology and leadership.

Donald Legget

Supporting Coach

Donald rowed in the 1962 Goldie crew, and the 1963 and 1964 Cambridge Blue Boats. He is the club’s Eminence Grise, having coached a CUBC crew every year since 1968. Donald has coached a string of Henley wins over 5 decades, including crews winning the The Thames Challenge Cup, The Wyfold Challenge Cup, The Visitors’ Challenge Cup, Queen Mother, The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (including the course record), The Ladies’ Challenge Plate, The Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup, and Double Sculls Challenge Cup.

With unrivalled experience of The Boat Race, Donald’s role with Cambridge University Boat Club is to assist the coaching team and Presidents in their campaign to win The Boat Races.

Support team

Helen Davis

Sports Psychologist

Helen Davis (PGCE, MSc, CPsychol and HCPC registered) is a chartered sport psychologist who works with athletes, teams and coaches from a range of different sports developing mental skills to enhance performance. Helen has worked with Cambridge rowers since 2017 supporting athletes throughout the year leading up to the boat race.

She has experience of working with athletes competing at varying levels of competition: fitness enthusiasts, club, elite, regional, national, Commonwealth, World and Paralympic champions.

Helen has over 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, is a sport psychologist for Swim England and runs her own sport psychology consultancy think.believe.perform. She is a regular presenter around Cambridge and East Anglia at sports clubs, schools and athletic networks. She is also an active, competitive Masters and Open Water swimmer. Helen loves to compete and races regularly on the national and international swimming circuit.

Gosia Bieniek

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Gosia holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise science, level 3 in Holistic and Sports massage diplomas, Rocktape FMT 1 diploma and is also a qualified personal trainer (level 3).

Gosia’s professional and international experience in the field of sport science covers a broad spectrum of sports. In 2010/2011 she worked for the premier league volleyball team ONICO Warsaw as a sports massage therapist, with season 2011/2012 spent in Rome working as a fitness coach for Beach Volley Academy. In 2012/2013 she worked with the POGON ’04 premier league futsal team (Szczecin, Poland). Season 2013/2014 brought new challenges with two international, Olympic athletes Mateusz Sawrymowicz (open water swimming, 1500m indoor) and Kamil Kuczynski (track cyclist, sprint, keirin).

Gosia was responsible for delivering and prescribing strength training for Mateusz and Kamil for the two seasons leading into the Rio Olympics. More recently she has worked with Rob Roy Boat Club and Cambridge Volleyball Club.

Milosz Wrobel

Osteopath – Men, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Milosz has a wealth of experience working with student, national and international athletes.He has been involved with the Boat Races and the Varsity Rugby Matches since 2012 with countless light blue success. He has a degree from Anglia Ruskin University in Sports Coaching and Physical Education as well as Osteopathy from Staffordshire University.

Milosz is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning Association, no 24431) and a Registered Osteopath with the GOsC (General Osteopathic Council, no 10204). Together with his partner, Gosia, Milosz runs a practice – Light Blue Clinic dedicated to rowing athletes. They are  responsible for sport medicine provision within Men’s team and strength & conditioning to the women’s team.

Tom Quantrell

Physiotherapist, Women

Tom Quantrell BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP  – Tom holds a bachelor’s degree is Physiotherapy and a master’s degree in sports and exercise rehabilitation. Tom has worked in the NHS, private sector and with numerous sports to an elite level.

Tom runs the physiotherapy and sports injury clinic at the University of Cambridge sports centre, Physioteq. Tom shares his time at the clinic and with the rowers with national and international teaching on the subject of children & adolescents with musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and working with the England hockey age group program.

Oliver Whiteman

Nutritionist

Oliver Whiteman (MSc, BSc) is a performance nutrition consultant who is accredited with the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Oliver is currently working with elite athletes and clubs in the East of England, providing bespoke support for individual athletes.

He has combined his education and experience to help support some of the most talented athletes in the UK.  Oliver works to educate athletes, empowering them to continue applying effective sports nutrition strategies, even after he has finished working alongside them.

Administration team

Tina Goode

Tina spent four years with the Royal Anglian Territorial Army as a medic, followed by fifteen years working in the University, first for a college, running events, and then in the University Careers Service. She joined CUBC in 2019.

With two grown up children who both row, rowing has been a big part of Tina’s life for over 10 years, often travelling the country to watch races and – inevitably – rig boats. Tina is married to a nephew of Alf Twinn, the legendary CUBC boatman who defined Cambridge Blue, and who served the Boat Club for over fifty years from the 1930s to the 1980s, breaking off only for military service.

Alister Taylor

Alister joined the staff of CUBC in 2017, after completing an MPhil in Education at Cambridge, and rowing for Goldie in 2016. He brings professional history spanning education, program management, and human resources, focusing on talent identification, management, and improvement.

Sam Rickaby

Club Accountant

Sam manages the accounts and finances for all of the Cambridge University Boat Club teams, having joined us following ten years working for the NHS.

Initially she worked as a therapy radiographer having gained her degree in Sheffield and spent a large amount of her career in Cambridge at Addenbrookes hospital. Five years ago she made the big decision to switch career paths into the world of finance but still continued to work for the NHS in St Ives. in March 2018 she returned to Cambridge and joined CUBC.

Facilities

CUBC’s base is Goldie Boathouse in Cambridge, and we row out of Ely Boathouse on the Ouse, which never floods. Take a closer look at our facilities here.

Want to row for Cambridge?

Rowing for Cambridge is a unique combination of academic and sporting excellence. We welcome athletes of all abilities from a range of backgrounds in the trialling process, starting each season in September.

Get in touch with us today so we can provide you with more information, key dates and support.