Senior Women

The women at Southampton University Boat Club have a long history of success in their novice and senior squads. The senior squad has been coached by Mike Beresford for the last 19 years, whose successful international level rowing career followed by forty years of coaching experience has been an extensive factor in our clubs success. We have a record of sporting achievement which includes a victories at Women’s Henley, wins at BUCS  and EUSA events, as well as bringing home multiple medals at smaller races such as, Reading Small Boats Head, Upper Thames Autumn Head, Bristol University Head, Reading University Head, Itchen Imperial Regatta, and Reading Amateur Regatta to name a few. We pride ourselves on achieving our maximum potential whilst enjoying rowing in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our training consists of water sessions on the River Itchen and land training, including ergs, circuits, weights and cross-training. We also have been given Focus Sports status from the University; which gives us access to a private gym, and Strength and Conditioning coaches who design specialized programs just for us.

Although not being the largest boat club, SUBC has always strived to achieve its best, and for this reason has boasted University athletes of the highest standard. With this in mind, those who work hard also play hard and we host weekly socials throughout the year, including trips to the Isle of Wight, a joint bonfire and fireworks night with other clubs within Southampton Water Sports, BBQ’s and fundraisers.

As Women’s Captain for the upcoming year, I aim to carry on these achievements and work closely with the Women’s Vice-Captain to train novices who will be integrated into the senior squad after the Easter vacation. My ultimate goal for this year is qualifying for Women’s Henley, where I would like to take an IM3 8+ and an IM3 4+ to give as many girls as possible the experience of racing at this prestigious event. In order to achieve this, training will start early in September where a pre-season training camp will build up to entries of an IM3 8+, Novice and IM3 4x’s, Novice and IM3 2x’s and IM3 4+’s at early events such as Upper Thames Head Race and Reading Small Boats Head. After missing out on 1st place in IM3 8+’s at Bristol University Head by ½ a second last year, I would like to come back this year and win this division. For WEHORR I would like to place in the top 60 for university crews. Reflecting on our successful regatta season this year, I aim to get all of our women’s boats into A&B finals at BUCS Regatta and move onto Reading Regatta to carry on this year’s achievement of all of our competitors bringing home medals!

We are always looking for ambitious, outgoing people who are ready to commit to our team!

Natalie Armstrong

Women's Captain