Club CUBC Men
Year of Birth 1998
Undergrad/Graduate MPhil Student
Year First year of graduate study, fourth year overall at Cambridge.
What are you studying? World History
What is the most interesting part of your course? Do you have any professional or academic plans after? The World History course is a really exciting opportunity to investigate my preferred areas of study in a much greater level of detail. It goes beyond the Eurocentrism of the undergraduate degree. I’m spending this year analysing the liberation movements of post-colonial Southern Africa and their respective relationships to direct action.
How do you balance rowing and academic life? With a deep dedication to my Google Calendar! I think in general rowing makes me more organised because there’s less time to play around with but keeping track of things definitely helps.
When did you start rowing, and why? I started rowing in my first year as an undergraduate at Cambridge, as an outdoor alternative to joining lots of orchestras, which was my biggest commitment at school. My parents also met rowing in London - their first date was the Boat Race!
What was your first club? Christ’s College, Cambridge.
What is your favourite part of rowing for Cambridge? The history of the event is really special, but I think being surrounded by teammates who are all equally committed to the same goal is very motivating.
What’s your rowing history, and what has been your biggest achievement so far? I was a coxswain at Christ’s for several years of my undergraduate degree, before joining CUBC both this year and last.
Have you raced in the Boat Race before? No.
Do you have any race day habits or superstitions? Not especially - just packing everything the night before and trying to control the variables for the next day.
Your sporting idol? It was Victoria Pend-leton when I was little, but I think it’s actually probably some old teammates now, who I’m close enough with to appreciate how much they put into their sport and understand what they sacrifice to achieve their goals. Role models for sure.
What gets you through a tough session? Do you have a mantra, rituals? Trying to stay focused on the task at hand, taking each kilometre as it comes. And waterproof socks.
Any hobbies, other interests outside rowing? I used to play trumpet a lot, so occasionally I get that out and have a practice. But otherwise, making sure to see friends, doing some non-academic reading, cooking with housemates and taking (or wasting) time cultivating excessive Spotify playlists.
How do you motivate yourself and your teammates, especially with Covid restrictions? Everything is very uncertain at the moment, so I’m trying not to take the opportunity to train for granted. However, even without Covid I think the atmosphere of the squad is very motivating - people aren’t just working hard for themselves, but for the collective.