The UL Women’s program has won at Henley Women’s Regatta every year for the last 21 years and has a history of providing a pathway for women into the U23 and Senior Great Britain Teams.
Jess Eddie, Fran Houghton, Mel Wilson and Katie Greves, all of whom took the Silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as part of the Great Britain Women’s Eight, came through the UL program. Their fellow GB Senior team athlete Emily Craig became World Champion in 2016 in the Lightweight Women’s Quad, after taking a Silver in the same event in 2015. At the U23 World Championships in 2017 a UL athlete took Gold and in 2016 a Silver, as part of the British Women’s Eight, and two UL Women won Bronze medals at the U23 World Championships in 2013. In 2017 half the GB U23 Women’s Eight were UL athletes.
UL Women have a proud tradition of success in all major competitions. Having won 41 Henley Women’s events in the regatta’s 25 year history UL is one of Henley Women’s most successful clubs. This form continued with UL winning Academic Coxed Fours events in 2017 for the fourth year running. At the Women’s Head Of The River the UL Women traditionally finish in the top 10 and as one of the top university clubs. The UL Women took Gold in the Championship Eights event at BUCS Head in 2016 and 2017. UL won the Women’s Team Trophy at BUCS Regatta in 2016 and 2017.
The women train alongside the men both on the water and on land and this has led to a fun and competitive environment within the club. ULBC is a designated High Performance Program for GB Rowing and offers a challenging and enjoyable environment for rowers to achieve their goals, whether that be winning a medal at BUCS or racing at an Olympic Games.