Jordan Stanley, Director of Rowing
Ailsa Martin, Secretary
Alex Chisholm, Men's Captain
Aidan Graham, Novice Men's Coach
Henry Marles, Safety & Equipment Officer
Deanna Coleman, Alumni and Press Officer
Jodie Cameron, President
Daisy Macnab, Treasurer
Kirstin Giddy, Women's Captain
Monty Jones, Novice Women's Captain
Madeleine Matthews & Nicole Nicole, Events Officers
Sam Winton, Development Officer
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Dear Members, Prospective Members, Parents, Alumni and Visitors,
For those of you who don’t know me, I am a fourth-year, Arabic & French student from Darlington, County Durham. I feel truly privileged and am exceptionally proud to be the President of the University of St Andrews Boat Club for the coming academic year.
Founded in 1962 by John Browne, the University of St Andrews Boat Club has developed from a relatively small, recreational rowing club, to the intense, competitive, high-performance rowing programme that exists today. This development is something that we are extremely proud of and something that we wish to continue to build upon. Something that has remained constant throughout those 50 years, however, is the incredibly strong friendships formed and memories made; our University experience is truly enriched by the Club and I would thoroughly encourage anyone considering rowing at St Andrews not to miss the opportunity. The Club is very close knit, which is something that is starting to become what the Club is known for, alongside performance, dedication and commitment.
Aligned with this development, over the past year, the Club has experienced multiple ‘Club records’, whereby the competitive performance of the Club has reached unprecedented levels. In October 2018, our Women’s Coxless Four won the University Shield at the British Rowing Championships. At the Head of the River Race in London in March 2019, our Men’s 1st VIII set a club course record, finishing in 62nd position out of 301 crews. The crew finished with the fastest time in their category, and were awarded the Medium Academic Pennant. We were awarded runners-up of the Scottish Student Rowing Victor Ludorum at the Scottish University Championships in April, beating eight other Scottish universities. At BUCS Regatta in May, we won an outstanding four medals. Both our Men’s and Women’s Intermediate Pairs took gold, with both our Men’s and Women’s Intermediate Coxed Fours taking bronze. Overall, we finished in ninth position on the BUCS Regatta medal table. At the Scottish Championships in June, we were crowned Scottish Champions in Men’s Championship Pairs and Women’s Championship Coxed Fours. Our Academic Aspirational Coxless Four reached the quarter-finals for the second year running at Henley Women’s Regatta, with undeniably a more competitive field this year. In July, our Men’s 1st IV qualified for Henley Royal Regatta. Out of 49 entries, the crew finished in the top four of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup with a fantastic race in the semi-finals against Durham University.
The Club has also seen many developments off the water. In February, we appointed a new Director of Rowing, Jordan Stanley. Jordan is a highly experienced former international athlete and joined us from Westlake Boys’ High School Rowing in New Zealand. Alongside his role with us, he works as a Junior Development Coach with Scottish Rowing, coaching the top junior rowers across Scotland. In September 2018, we hosted our second, annual Saints Regatta, the largest student-run regatta in the UK. The Club’s charitable work has also been highly successful, raising over £5,000, over 3 years, for Maggie’s Cancer Care at our annual ‘Ergathon’, making the Boat Club one of the largest charity donors within University sport at St Andrews. In addition, an increased focus on alumni, parental and supporter re-engagement and outreach has led to the relaunch of our dedicated alumni and support network Eden Boat Club, the introduction of a bi-annual newsletter and a pioneering ‘Eden Fund’ scheme which seeks to secure the financial position of the Club for many years to come - for further details, please do not hesitate to contact me, or our Alumni & Press Officer, Deanna.
The Club’s development, professionalism and drive has been recognised over the past year in a number of different ways. The Club was honoured with being shortlisted for the Saints Sport Club of the Year Award, while our Senior Women’s Team were nominated for the Saints Sport Team of the Year Award. Alongside these club awards, Lydia Theos was nominated for the Professor Sam Taylor Award for Bejantine Excellence in Sport. Our 2017-19 Club President, Matt Taylor, was awarded the Saints Sport Continued Outstanding Contribution to Sporting Excellence Award and the Scottish Rowing Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Club’s success cannot be attributed to one solitary source; our committed athletes, our loyal alumni network, our supportive parents, our hard-working Committee and our experienced and dedicated coaching team, led by our Director of Rowing, Jordan, are all extremely important. On behalf of the entire Club, I would like to thank all these persons. Without your support, time and effort, the Club would not be in the strong position that we can enjoy today. We hope that you can all continue to support and be proud of this close-knit and hard-working Club.
Despite our recent success, the constant need for reinvestment, support and sponsorship is becoming increasingly important - whether this is a ‘like’ or ‘share’ on our social media platforms, telling us a story from our 50 year past or even a financial donation.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, queries or issues at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Rowing,
Club President 2019-20