This weekend, University of Surrey Boat Club have 44 athletes travelling up to Nottingham, along with their three coaches (Head Coach, Sam Tuck & Development Coaches, Iona Riley & Ellie Stevens). The club has 18 boats entered to race across the weekend, consisting of eight beginner boats and ten senior boats. This event will also be the first time that the beginners experience multi-lane racing.
The club has had an extremely exciting season so far and anticipate for this to continue through the weekend. The beginner men and women have had multiple wins including two BUCS gold medals for the men at BUCS Head in March, a win for the men at HORR and wins for both the men and women at Tyne Head back in February. The seniors also had success at BUCS Head with multiple top 5 finishes. The clubs hard work throughout the year has certainly been reflected in their success, which they hope to continue throughout the course of the weekend. Senior woman, Maddy Brown says “‘I’m incredibly excited to race a BUCS Regatta this weekend, the nerves are already kicking in. Everything we’ve done this year, all the early mornings, late nights and training camps have been leading to this, but each race will be over in just a few minutes. Fingers crossed we win gold!’”
BUCS Regatta is Europe’s largest student regatta and is held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham over the May Bank Holiday. It is three days of multi-lane racing over 2000m. It’s fantastic to hear how excited the team are in the lead up to the event, “I cannot wait to be sitting on that start line waiting for the ‘Go’ knowing all of us have given everything we’ve got to be here and to be striving for the gold medal.” – James Humphreys (development man).
Check out the Team Surrey Instagram account this Sunday, where USBC will be doing an Instagram Takeover. We can’t wait to see how you all get on!
Best of luck to everyone competing 💙💛