The UL Women’s program has won at Henley Women’s Regatta every year for the last 22 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. Since 2016 UL rowers Sara Parfett and Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne and coxswain Matilda Horn have joined the GB Senior team. At the U23 World Championships Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne took Gold in both 2017 & 2018. In 2017 half the GB U23 Women’s Eight were UL athletes and in 2018 two UL women become World University Champions.
UL Women have a proud tradition of success in all major competitions. Having won 47 Henley Women’s events in the regatta’s 31 year history UL is one of Henley Women’s most successful clubs. At Henley Royal Regatta in 2018 two UL women won events as part of Great Britain composites. 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. In 2018 UL were crowned British University Champions in Women’s Eights at BUCS Regatta. The UL Women took Gold in the Championship Eights event at BUCS Head in 2016, 2017 & 2018. UL won the Women’s Team Trophy at BUCS Regatta in 2016 & 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 British 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.