University of Surrey Boat Club

“ Women rowers are speeding through the path of gender equality. But why are we being held back?"



What is a rower without a boat?

The University of Surrey Boat Club (USBC) is thrilled about the recent gender parity changes made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in regards to athlete rowers partaking in Tokyo 2020. This will see the adding of the women’s four to the Olympic rowing programme, resulting in a more equal ratio of women and men competing in rowing at the Olympics with 263 athletes of each gender.

The University of Surrey Boat Club is bigger and better than ever, with major increases in squad depth, seeing eighteen girls from USBC compete at Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR). The IOC changes will provide even greater opportunities for our women’s squads to aspire to. Having three athletes represent Great Britain at the under 23 World Championships, winning at Henley Royal Regatta and achieving success at all major Head and Regatta races, we couldn’t be prouder of the position we are in. So, the future is looking even more promising but we are not resting on our laurels.

As the female squad grows, there is a need for additional equipment as the currently available boats are designed for men, which makes it harder for us to row. Our immediate priority is to buy a boat for eight rowers, which lightens our burden and ensures efficient training for the entire club.

We are looking to raise £22,000 to cover the cost of buying this lighter boat. With your support we are sure that we will be able to develop more of our athletes into World-Class rowers.

Please sign up on gaggle connect (instructions below) to support this great initiative and share with your friends and contacts. We need at least 200 supporters by 26th October in order to start our crowdfunding campaign, so your support will be much appreciated. We will give further details about funding and rewards closer to the date.

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Click on sign in, connect to Facebook then click on the Facebook tab. A message preview box will open with the USBC campaign and you can use the form to customise your message Then click ADD SUPPORT.


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  • 21st October 2017 5:57 pm
    Franca Scarcella

    for a good project

  • 23rd August 2017 10:34 am

    The Entrepreneurship MSc programme is delighted to support your project and to help you develop your crowdfunding campaign.

    Go boat club!!! Go Surrey!!!



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