A diverse rowing programme


Since 2003, the University of Bath has played host to a Lottery-funded GB Rowing Team ‘Start’ Centre – identifying young non-rowers who have the potential to become Olympic champions and providing them with top-level coaching and support services.

BUCS squads

Our rowing programme also includes a diverse university set-up which ranges from squads who compete in the BUCS leagues against the best rowing universities in the country to opportunities for men and women who have never rowed before.

  • Former Start athlete Heather Stanning with her women’s pair gold medal
  • University of Bath students at the BUCS Regatta 2016
  • University of Bath students at the BUCS Regatta 2016
  • Current Start rower Jens Hullah

Notable alumni

A number of former Start and student rowers at the University of Bath have gone on to represent GB at U23 and international level.

Most famously, British pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were both based at the University during their careers.

They went on to win GB’s first ever women’s Olympic rowing gold when they stormed to coxless pairs victory at London 2012 and successfully defended their title at Rio 2016.

Fellow Start rower Vicky Thornley (below, left) has also enjoyed a spectacular career, most recently winning silver at Rio 2016 in the double sculls.

Rio de Janeiro. BRAZIL. 2016 Olympic Rowing Regatta

Rowing contacts

GB Rowing Team

Start coach: Dan Harris

University Rowing Club

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