Wolfson College Boat Club is rowing club for the members of both Wolfson College, Oxford and St Cross College, Oxford. The club was founded in 1966 and has since established itself as one of the leading boat clubs in the university.
Gym & erg room: Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD.
Boathouse: University College Boathouse, St Aldates Rd, Oxford OX1 4PS
The club is based in Oxford on the Isis section of the River Thames. The club has access to a boathouse that is shared with other college boat clubs and is located on the banks of the river.
The club has a rich and diverse history that spans over five decades. It was founded in 1966 by a group of graduate students who wanted to create a rowing club that would be open to all members of the college, regardless of their experience level. At the time, there were only a few boat clubs in the university, and they were mostly dominated by undergraduates from the traditional colleges.
In the early years, Wolfson College Boat Club struggled to establish itself as a serious contender in the world of university rowing. However, the club quickly gained a reputation for being inclusive and welcoming, and it attracted a diverse group of rowers from different backgrounds and levels of experience. The club began to grow in size and strength, and by the 1970s, it had established itself as a competitive force in university rowing.
Over the years, Wolfson College Boat Club has achieved many notable results in rowing competitions. In the early 1990s, the club won the Women's Head of the River Race, a prestigious event that attracts the best female rowers from around the world. The club has also won the Men's and Women's Summer Eights, a series of races that are held each year in Oxford and are among the most important events in university rowing.
In recent years, the club has continued to thrive and has expanded its focus to include both competitive and recreational rowing. The club is committed to inclusivity and welcomes rowers of all levels and abilities. With a long history of producing international-level rowers and a commitment to inclusivity, Wolfson College Boat Club is sure to remain a prominent fixture in the world of university rowing for many years to come.
One of the most notable figures associated with Wolfson College Boat Club is former club president and Olympic rower, Steve Trapmore. Trapmore rowed for Great Britain in the 2000 Olympics and went on to coach the British men's eight to gold at the 2008 Olympics. Other notable figures associated with the club include former presidents Chris Dodd, Sally Goodman, and William Houghton.