Sam Vosper

Club: CUBC

Height: 189cm

School: Thomas More College (South Africa)

International rowing record: n/a

Year you first started rowing: 2010

How have you coped this year?

I haven’t found the situation too adverse to be honest. Training from home made managing my recovery and work easy. Although, I did miss the boys.

Could you build a strong team culture while training virtually?

It has been harder than normal but having a communal training spreadsheet helped keep the excitement and internal competition alive. We still managed to foster a good vibe.

Were the isolated ergs better or worse than expected?

It was pretty much what I expected. It is quite similar to the offseason training for me, so I have not minded that too much.

What was your lockdown training set up?

It was a bit of a change to normal. I have been erging in a doorway with half the machine in the kitchen and half in the hallway to make the most of some cooler conditions.

How do you cope with race day nerves?

I normally try not to think about the race outcome. In reality all you can do is deliver a process. The process usually hurts a lot, and you can’t change that so it’s best not to think about it too much.

The biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge has been trying to make technical improvements in a very short period of time.

The toughest session?

I find the 30 minutes rate 20 max effort test pretty tough. I am not a big guy and find the rate capped pieces pretty challenging to fight the bigger boys on.

The best day, so far?

Winning the Trial VIIIs was a highlight.

Only the Blue Boat races on the 4th April 2021: What’s it like splitting the squad?

The decision to cut the training numbers was a bit of a blow to morale initially but I feel like the team as a whole has bounced back with a heightened focus on an even more singular goal.

Is it strange to train without the reserve eight?

We still have a 2nd coxed four training as the reserves so that group is able to bring a bit of Goldie energy to the set up by challenging the top boat and generally keeping up a good atmosphere.

How did it feel getting back on the water?

Getting back on the water was awesome. It has made the race feel a lot more real suddenly and that has definitely got the boys pumped up.

Why do you want to beat Oxford?

I feel like it is rooted in some deep-seated sporting tribalism. In sport it doesn’t really matter who your adversary is, it’s just important that you have one and that you want to beat them at all costs.