The women’s squad have ended the year with a continuation of the positive attitude that has seen them through the year. Although bung line tangles and klaxons kept a row-over as the highlight of the first boat’s summer 8s performance, the team greatly enjoyed the racing, particularly as it was in a shiny new boat. The second boat put in a very strong performance considering that it was the first set of races for a lot of the girls. W3 cruised their way to blades, showing everyone what a scratch team can do.
Looking forward to next year, the women’s teams will be aiming to continue the progress made so far, whilst retaining the supportive and motivated approach that has made women’s rowing at Catz so enjoyable.
Trinity was a very active term for the Men’s squad, kicking off with a week of training camp on the Isis with first goal a solid performance in Oxford City Bumping Races. Catz men’s squad attempted for the first time to do another minicamp off Isis, in Peterborough with Darwin College Cambridge and race at Bedford regatta. The success of both motivated the squad to continue next year with this plan and potentially participate in more off Isis head races and regattas. A big winter training camp abroad or somewhere else in the UK, together with the Women’s squad, is also very high on the agenda for next year! Even if the great atmosphere in the club this term didn’t exactly get translated into great Summer 8s success..we are very excited for the next rowing season and aim to build on the good platform we have developed over the last year!
During TT We had some returning seniors which helped increasing the speed of both M1 and M2 as well as the overall squad confidence. Amongst the returning seniors Malcolm Spencer (Also Women’s coach) was the highlight as this was his tenth! and last year of rowing with Catz. Everyone on the Isis could see the enormous Soviet propaganda style Grimsby Express banner that boat club members hanged over the Catz balcony during Summer 8s. Catz men’s squad would like to thank Mal for his outstanding contribution to Catz rowing over these 10 years and wish him the best of luck!