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Captains' Welcome

             Alicia Green & Luke McCann, Queen's Rowing Ladies' and Men's club captains 2014-15

Welcome back to another exciting season of Queen’s rowing! Below is a welcome from our Men's and Ladies captains.

Alicia Green Ladies' Club Captain

Hi, my name is Alicia Green and I am in the second year of a Politics degree. Since joining the club last September I have been warmly welcomed into its friendly environment, and I very quickly became immersed in the club. This was made all the easier by the hugely welcoming and friendly existing members. I began rowing at the age of 15 at Gloucester Rowing Club in England and quickly fell in love with the sport competing at British Championships for a number of years. Having taken a bit of time out of rowing before joining Queen’s, I missed the sport and knew I wanted to join the Ladies Boat Club once I got here. It truly was one of the best decisions I have made since moving to Belfast and I would urge anyone who is sitting on the fence to take the leap and give it a go! Being so heavily involved in the club is highly rewarding and I wouldn’t change it for the world – I spend my time here with some of my best friends and really couldn’t be happier.

Queen’s Ladies’ Boat Club has achieved great success over the last year with impressive performances in a number of events across Britain and Ireland with the girls in the novice eight earning the title of Irish Champions by an impressive margin. Strong performances from members of all squads in the club meant that although we didn’t close the year with as many titles as we would have hoped, the girls certainly impressed with their determination and resilience. Reaching finals in a number of events is an achievement that can never be taken lightly and is something that we hope to build on in the coming year with the aim to secure more medals and victories than before. In travelling overseas to compete in huge international events such as the Women’s Head and Henley Regatta, the girls gained invaluable experience of racing at the highest level with some of the most prolific talents in the rowing world. The girls held their own at these events, proving that Queen’s University is not only a threat at University Championships but at large scale events with crews from all over the world. 

Whilst the challenge of winter training looms large for all at the boat club, the environment created by the personalities and strong relationships within the club make a seemingly daunting prospect something to be enjoyed as the squads work together to lay down a strong foundation for next year’s regatta season. It is only through hard work and dedication by the girls that the club can go on to succeed more and more so every girl works extremely hard nurturing friendly rivalries to improve both fitness and technique in order to produce the highest quality crews that we can. This training and determination would mean nothing without the enduring support of the coaches and volunteers at the club, without whom the club would not function. A huge thanks to all who helped the Ladies’ Club last year, we really do rely on that support to move forward as a club and we can only hope that in the coming year this dedication to the girls and their goals can help in producing some fantastic results.

I’d just like to close by saying how excited I am for the year ahead and what is to come for Queen’s Ladies’ Boat Club. We all love the sport of rowing and put an enormous amount of time, energy, blood, sweat and tears to achieve our goals and I can’t wait to see what’s to come from this ever improving club and its amazing members and supporters!

Luke McCann Men's Club Captain

Hi, I'm Luke McCann, Captain of QUBBC for the 2014-15 season. I would like to briefly introduce myself, and tell you a little about our plans for this season.

 I've been rowing in Belfast since I was a junior, and I'm now going into my 8th year of rowing. I'm in final year of my Psychology degree, with plans to stay on for a postgraduate course.  During my years as a junior I would always see Queen's training on the river, and always aspired to join their ranks. I feel very privileged to now be captain to the club I have been looking up to for so long. 

Last season had a mix of ups and downs, with a great start to the year and some excellent wins at BUCS, but unfortunately we did not achieve what we hoped come Henley and the Irish Championships. Retention of experienced rowers after Christmas was poor, leaving us with just enough to field an inter 8. We have learned from this however, and have changed both social sides of the club and aspects of the training programme to have much greater retention this season. We also have excellent numbers to start with, with over 25 athletes returning from previous years. Overall, with the training programme I have set up with head coach Mick Desmond, and with the number and quality of the athletes we have this year, I am confident we are building up to a very successful season. 

With the numbers we have, we will once again be able to focus on 8's racing, and early plans include trips to events such as the HoRR in London. Individual's international success has shown this summer in both the Commonwealth Regatta, and the World University Championships, and while several athletes will once again be trialling this season, focus is on the club events rather than feeding national teams. 

I would like to take a moment to thank Paddy Doherty and Steven Lockwood. The two have coached the novice crews for several years and have been vital for many wins, ultimately providing some great rowers who have gone on to be part of inter and senior crews. While they may help at some stage in the future, they have decided to step down from the lead novice coaching positions. I thank both of you for everything you have done for our club. I would also like to welcome Phil Costen who has stepped up in their place, and we look forward to another great year of novice rowing.

Overall, I have never felt the Queen's Spirit higher in my time here, and am looking forward to a great season. Athletes are hungry for wins, not just for themselves but for the club they have grown so proud of. If anyone has any questions about anything to do with the club, you can always contact me by the emails listed on this website. I'm sure I will speak to some of you again at the annual dinner, details of which shall be uploaded soon. Until then, thank you all for the support for our club, and good luck to Queen's for this season!

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Rowing at Queens

At 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.


Early 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.


The 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 are:
  • 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.

Lady Victoria 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.
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