Edinburgh University Boat Club is one of the oldest and largest sports clubs within the University of Edinburgh. The aim of our club is to promote the sport of rowing at the university, with the ultimate goal of allowing all club members to not only enjoy participating in the world’s oldest varsity sport, but to also be successful in competition at local, national and international levels.
The Boat Club has for many been a significant stepping stone to high international honours – Edinburgh rowers frequently represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta and former members have gone on to record success at World Championship and Olympic regattas, the most recent in a long line being Katherine Grainger. An Olympic Silver Medalist in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and most recently she obtained an Olympic gold to add to the collection from when she won the double sculls final at the London 2012 Olympics. What we are especially proud of in our club is that we consistently contend for national honours at all levels of racing, from first year of rowing (‘novice’) to experienced ‘senior’ racers, in both men’s and women’s categories.
Membership not only gives students all the tools necessary for success on the water – from high quality equipment to dedicated coaches and training programmes – but also a lively calendar of social events throughout the year which gives our club a tightly-knit family feel, unusual in clubs of comparitive size.
Former members frequently point to rowing at Edinburgh as one of the highlights of their time as a student, and I hope you will find similar enjoyment from a club which, for over a century, has provided something we feel unique in student sport, a very genuine opportunity to both follow a pathway all the way to the pinnacles of sporting achievement, and also to become involved in one of the most exciting and friendly clubs in Edinburgh University.