2013 Boat Race

The Edinburgh crews for the 136th University Boat Race

Men's 1st VIII

BOW - Tom Claxton
Tom Claxton

Age: 18

Course: MBChB Medicine

Year of study: 1st

Height: 1.82m Weight: 72.5kg

Tom is another of the young guns in the crew just fresh out of school. He began rowing for Loch Lomand Rowing Club and competed for Scotland at the Home International Regatta as a junior last year. He maybe the lightest person in the boat but he is certainly doesnt show it competing against and beating some of the big guys in the squad.

2 - Kieran Brown
Kieran Brown

Age: 20

Course: BSc Applied Sports Science

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.76m Weight: 75kg

Kieran began rowing in Glasgow for Clydesdale Rowing Club and competed for Great Britain at the junior european championships before coming to University. In his first year with the club he went on to compete for Great Britain again at the Under 23 World Championships as a lightweight rower. Kieran has the will and determination to push himself to the limits and this makes him a fantastic asset for the crew.

3 - Chris Meighen
Chris Meighen

Age: 21

Course: BSc Neuroscience

Year of study: 3rd

Height: 1.93m Weight: 83kg

Chris is the second of the rowers in the boat to have started rowing at Edinburgh. He rowed as a Novice last year and has flourished this year as a senior and is now reaping the rewards of some hard work and dedication thought the year. He is also the boats token Gordie so his good humour and quick wit will always put a smile on your face.

4 - Ronan Murphy
Ronan Murphy

Age: 20

Course: MBChB Medicine

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.76m Weight: 80kg

Ronan is the mens captain this year and heads up all the behind the scenes work with the squad. He began rowing at Glasgow Academy and rowed for Scotland at Home International Regatta as a junior in 2011. Ronan has been steady and consistent throughout the season and has a great calming effect in the boat. Ronan has also been selected to become President of the club next year.

5 - David Graham
David Graham

Age: 20

Course: LLB Law and Economics

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.93m Weight: 88kg

David only began rowing last year when he started University. He has an incredible work ethic and this showed by comfortably beating some athletes who have rowed for some time longer than he has to secure his position in the boat. Big things are to come for David and hopefully the boat race will be the start of great things.

6 - Andrew Sills
Andrew Sills

Age: 26

Course: MBChB Medicine

Year of study: 4th

Height: 1.94m Weight: 86kg

Andrew is the grandfather of the boat who joined Edinburgh 4 years ago and has returned to rowing after two years of coaching. The Canadian gives somewhat of an international feel to the boat and his experience and success in Canada means he is a force to be reckoned with. He competed for GB universities at the European University championships in 2010 and has been an extremely successful rower and coach for EUBC

7 - Freddie Sullivan
Freddie Sullivan

Age: 22

Course: BA Geography

Year of study: 3rd

Height: 1.93m Weight: 89kg

Freddie has been rowing for Edinburgh for 3 years now and sees himself as somewhat of a veteran of the boat. He began rowing at St Edwards School in Oxford and after taking a Gap year decided to join rowing at Edinburgh. He is last years mens captain and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the boat. He has lost the past two boat races and has the fire in his belly to put that right this year.

STROKE - Graham Ord
Graham Ord

Age: 18

Course: MMath Mathematics

Year of study: 1st

Height: 1.91m Weight: 81kg

Graham is the youngest member in the boat this year and has shown the strong maturity to row in the most difficult position and stroke this boat. He competed for Scotland at the Home International Regatta as a junior athlete last year and has made the big step up into the senior squad with EUBC. He began rowing for Strathclyde Park Rowing Club so feels right at home when EUBC take to the water to train there at the weekends.

COX - Camilla Aylwin
Camilla Aylwin

Age: 20

Course: BMus Music

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.64m Weight: 55kg

Camilla began coxing at Sherwsbury School and made history by becoming the fist female cox of the 1st 8 in her school. She brings this wealth of experience into driving all the members of the crew to their very best as well as keeping this huge vessel in a straight line. She maybe the smallest person in the crew but she makes up for that on the water when she takes control and has all 8 members under her command.

Women's 1st VIII

BOW - Heather Dun
Heather Dun

Age: 19

Course: Biology & Plant Science

Year of study: 1st

Height: 1.77m Weight: 70.0kg

Heather is the youngest athlete in the crew and the only fresher. Winning a seat in the 1st eight in her first year was an incredible achievement in itself. She came to us from good pedigree however, a local girl, she rowed for several years during high school at Edinburgh’s George Watson’s college. The proficiency she developed there has allowed her to slot into line-ups seamlessly during her first year of rowing with the Edinburgh women. An intense athlete, who likes to be in her zone, sometimes she reaches such an extreme state of focus before outings it even looks like she’s sleeping.

“This could be her first big victory at Edinburgh and I know it means a lot - she’ll be going after it. Look for plenty of length and sharpness at the front end from Heather, picking things up with tenacity from the bow seat.”

2 - Robyn Hart-Winks
Robyn Hart-Winks

Age: 19

Course: Spanish

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.73m Weight: 66.0kg

Robyn is the second of last year’s novices to make this year’s boat race boat. She’s spent much of this year stroking the 2nd four, and stroked a pair at BUCS regatta with Lucy. Her novice training last year prepared her well for the requirements of rowing with the senior women, and her rowing has continued to go from strength to strength this year. Despite the rigours of the programme, Robyn has, somewhat impressively, also been able to dedicate time to dancing for the Scottish Highland Dance team.

“I’m relying on Robyn to deliver length and rhythm to the bows of the boat, two things which she developed excellently when stroking the pair and four. Check Robyn out for some exemplary technique, she’s developed a handsome style and makes each stroke look easy.”

3 - Lucy White
Lucy White

Age: 20

Course: Geography

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.87m Weight: 79.0kg

Lucy joined the senior women in September and is one of two girls in the 1st boat from last year’s novice squad. While Lucy lives in Switzerland, she has aspirations to do under 23 trials for team GB in the autumn, and has been working her 2K score down all year, making huge leaps both physically and technically. Lucy will be taking the reins from Jo later in the summer and will be captain of the women’s squad for the 2013/14 season.

“Being voted in as women’s captain next year is real vote of confidence by the rest of the women in Lucy’s ability. It is clear recognition of a promising future, but moreover, her massive contribution to the senior women’s squad so far this year - anticipate nothing less from the three-seat on race day.”

4 - Lucy Carter
Lucy Carter

Age: 27

Course: Evolutionary Biology (PG)

Year of study: 3rd

Height: 1.70m Weight: 75.0kg

With three boat race victories and an Edinburgh undergraduate degree already under her belt, Lucy’s the oldest member of the team, a real EUBC veteran, and knows what it takes to win the boat race. Now in the final year of her PhD in parasitology, Lucy balances a demanding work schedule in the lab with the women’s high volume training program remarkably, such that the team never has to come second. Besides previous boat race wins, Lucy has had many other successes during a long career in the Edinburgh team, most recently achieving a championship bronze medal at BUCS Head in February and a regular seat in the women’s 1st four.

“Lucy brings an intensity to the boat unmatched by any of the other girls - a no nonsense athlete, she’s here to get the job done. In the boat race look for Lucy doing what she does best, supplying a strong, efficient, unrelenting supply of steam to the middle of the boat.”

5 - Becky McGreevy
Becky McGreevy

Age: 20

Course: Economics

Year of study: 3rd

Height: 1.88m Weight: 89.0kg

While the boat race is important for all the oarswomen in the boat, it is particularly so this year for Becky, who, having been squad captain last year when the boat race was lost, is still hurting from the defeat. Becky’s now in her third year of rowing with the Edinburgh women and, along with her fellow George Heriot’s alumnus Jo, also picked up a gold medal at women’s Henley last summer, and rowed in the bronze medal winning four at BUCS long course. A particular personal success was her first personal best 2K score in several seasons earlier in the year. Besides a score, she also brings a depth of experience and a morale boosting personality to the eight.

“Becky was a no-brainer pick, and brings solid strength, power and stability to the middle of the boat, check out the boat picking up something ridiculous when this girl turns the guns on during pushes.”

6 - Chandler Wallisch
Chandler Wallisch

Age: 22

Course: Reproductive Biology

Year of study: 4th

Height: 1.75m Weight: 74.0kg

Chandler comes to us from Amherst, New Hampshire, in the USA, and we’re proud to call our token Yank a home grown girl. Now in her fourth year of rowing with the women at Edinburgh, she came up through the clubs successful novice programme. One of Chandler’s most notable performances this year came with picking up a championship bronze medal in the coxed four at the BUCS long course event at Boston in February. Since then she’s predominantly been stroking the first four, but moves into the 6 seat for what will be her third and final boat race before heading back across the pond.

“Chandler’s been killing it both in the boat and on the erg all year, and really learned to go after it, love pain. Look for some gutsy rowing from the front of the engine room.”

7 - Georgie Grandfield
7

Age: 22

Course: PGCE (Secondary Physical Education)

Year of study: 1st (PG)

Height: 1.70m Weight: 73.0kg

Having learned to row during her undergraduate degree at Exeter, Georgie joined the team in September upon starting her PGCE at Edinburgh. As a teenager, Georgie represented the GB junior team in the Modern Pentathlon. As a rower, she’s also been going after GB, and was participating in senior trials before unfortunately having to withdraw due to injury earlier in the year. This didn’t stop her from enjoying success at BUCS however, and she was the other half of the championship medal winning pair.

“Don’t be fooled by her size, Georgie packs a punch and I can trust her to literally put her body on the line for the team. She’ll back up her pairs partner in the stroke seat through the finish.”

STROKE - Jo Smith
Jo Smith

Age: 19

Course: Medicine

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.78m Weight: 70.7kg

Fresh off the back a bronze medal in the pair at the British Universities Championships, this year’s captain will be stroking up the boat race eight. A second year medical student, Jo rose through the program at George Heriot’s school, having much success as a junior, before joining the team in 2011 and winning the Intermediate fours event at Henley in her first season.

“Having suffered defeat in her first boat race last year, Jo’s eager to make things right, particularly in this year, her year of captaincy. Expect to see this reflected in her pace setting.”

COX - Catherine Lovegrove
Catherine Lovegrove

Age: 21

Course: Medicine

Year of study: 2nd

Height: 1.60m Weight: 51.0kg

Catherine only began coxing with the novices back in September. She showed great aptitude for the job however and quickly won a rare promotion to the senior women’s squad. As such, the learning curve has been steep however she’s risen to the challenge outstandingly, and quickly surpassed the expectations for even a seasoned coxswain. She coxed the 1st four to a bronze medal at BUCS Long Course in February, and hopes to add to her silverware at the Boat Race and later in the season at Henley.

“One of Catherine’s biggest hurdles early on was learning how to turn on the ‘mean’, which isn’t exactly in her nature. Having overcome this, she won’t be taking prisoners on race day - she knows exactly how to nail the athletes down. Look and listen for grit from this cox, she’ll personally ensure that each girl finds and goes through her red line on race day, while making sure no other boat interferes with this.”


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