I am proud of this year’s squad and we are all looking forward to racing Oxford at Ely. Every athlete on the team has pulled together in the face of each setback and their commitment to the program has been remarkable. Over the last 12 months we have adapted our training to unfamiliar settings and made sure we seek to improve, bit by bit, every day. It has been a privilege for me to lead such a driven team.
This campaign has been like no other, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty and disruption that required swift responses and significant alterations to the usual plan. Throughout this process our coaching and support staff, particularly Rob Baker and Jordan Stanley, have remained resolute and endeavoured to build reliable and gritty crews. Ultimately, it has been the strength of support inherent within the team that has driven our progress.
With limited time on the water and a lot of time spent in isolation the guys have done more indoor rowing than you’d choose to do in a lifetime. It has been really exciting to return to the water in the last few weeks before the race and make our final Boat Race preparations.
This year Cambridge has produced two tenacious eights. The Blue Boat and Goldie are both filled with exceptionally resilient racers and I am confident we will deliver the goods come the Boat Race.
Our thanks also to all those behind the scenes who have worked to allow the race to go ahead.