Rebecca McGookin & Andrew Little, Queen's Rowing Ladies' and Men's club captains 2012- 2013
To those of you that know us welcome back to another exciting season of Queen’s rowing! A new season brings opportunities to grow, learn and improve on previous years, maintaining the profound reputation that the club has earned as a leading university rowing club within the UK and Ireland.
To those of you who don’t know much about us, welcome to our club! Let us illustrate our successful 2011/2012 season.
The 2012 Irish Rowing Championships saw Queen’s win 5 national championships. These included men’s senior double, novice 8 and novice 4. The ladies won the senior pair and were part of winning composite 8 with Skibbereen Rowing Club which won the senior event.
The ladies senior four represented Ireland in the World University Championships in Kazan, Russia resulting in a very honourable sixth place at the end of the season. Their accomplishment has stretched the boundaries of the ladies club success to recent date. The four who only stepped into a rowing boat a mere three years ago have been provided with a steep and evidently very successful learning curve all thanks to the facilities and opportunities that Queen’s rowing have to offer.
Our achievements are only possible thanks to the dedication of coaches and the on going time and effort put in by the athletes.
The club has an extremely desirable location. The River Lagan offers a sheltered and convenient location for training. The Physical Education Centre and the Upper Malone sports facility provide a high standard of equipment as well as a close and accessible place to train.
The club has a full time head coach and a great set up of part time coaches ensuring continuous improvement. Competing as a rower is only one aspect of being involved in the club; we have an active social agenda outside the boathouse with the men and ladies clubs congregating together on a regular basis. We feel we can offer a fun well rounded student experience by providing an environment that encourages a balance between academic success and recreational activity.
We both as Captains are very excited for the upcoming season and cannot wait to get involved in making Queen’s even more successful.
Queen’s rowing is going places and we hope you can help us get there.
Andrew Little & Rebecca McGookin
Men’s Club Captain and Women’s Club Captain
Row at Queen's
- Represent your university
- Get incredibly fit
- Become highly motivated
- Compete at prestigious events
- Meet lifelong friends
- Have fun doing it
Collegiate RowingRowing is a sport like no other, encompassing power, endurance, rhythm, technique and mental toughness.
Getting the correct combination of these is incredibly difficult and almost never comes naturally meaning rowing requires commitment and dedication. Collegiate rowing is the most exciting and adrenaline fuelled sport, allowing rowers to compete against colleges with the exact same level of experience. Not many sports at college present this scenario. This is due to the privilege of rowing not being offered to many prior to college – so why not climb aboard as you will be guaranteed the best sporting years of your life!
Richard Archibald - Irish International (Lightweight Men's 4-)
Rowing at QueensAt Queen's we pride ourselves in providing the ultimate college rowing experience.
Whether you are new to the sport or a continuing school or club rower, Queen's caters to convert you into a top class college athlete. Many of our members, past and present, started out as rank novices and have since gone on to win at National and International events. Rowing at Queen's will provide you with one of the best environments to combine studying and sports. All our training facilities are close to one another meaning that walking from class to training takes a matter of minutes. Queen's provides the best sporting facilities out of any university in Ireland, with the recent £10 million pound investment in the Physical Education Centre (PEC). Being a member of Queen's provides you with the opportunity to undertake a top-class training programme, whilst receiving free physiological testing to assess your progress throughout the season.
TrainingEarly September of each year sees the recruitment of the fresher rowers.
This is a great opportunity to meet friends when starting out university, particularly ones with similar interests.
During winter, training composes of weights, body-weight circuits and both aerobic land and water training. This involves long period-low intensity training sessions, conditioning your body for the long distance races which occur throughout the Head Season. Early April sees the onset of the Regatta Season when races are held over a distance of 2000m. Training is altered to introduce short high intensity sessions to get your body prepared for the awesome feat of a 2km race.
CompetitionsThe club competes regularly throughout the season in Ireland, England and on occasion other European countries.
The main focus being Henley Royal Regatta, Irish National Championships and the University Championships. This offers you the chance to compete against other universities in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and from across the Atlantic. The Boat Club also has the annual intervarsity Boat Race between Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, which in recent years has also included the participation of the University of Cambridge and University College Cork.
University Boat Race 2012
Becoming a member of Queen's provides you with a unique opportunity to experience a more enriched social life. The level of teamwork involved in rowing forges lifetime friendships, such that your team-mates become an extended family. This is desirable at university as it helps you develop a great network of ‘true’ friends whilst away from home. The boat club also hosts a range of social events throughout the year, including the annual Men’s Dinner, Ladies' Dinner and the Boat Club Ball – all these events are not to be missed!
All things considered, if you enjoy sports and a bit of craic then Queen's is your second home!
Key features of the Queen's University Belfast Rowing Academy
- Rowing Scholarships for FISA Junior, Senior B and Senior A Standard rowers and rowers the Academy considers to have the potential to reach these standards
- A full time, high quality, Professional Coach
- World Class Sports Science facilities including dedicated Sports Science personnel from Queen's Sport
The Queen's Rowing Academy is funded jointly by Queen's University Sport and The Lady Victoria Boat Club.
is the Graduate Club for past members of the University’s Men's and Ladies' Boat Club and its purpose is to promote the long term development of rowing at Queen's University Belfast.