American Steve Dudek has been chosen as the new Boat Club President as Cambridge take the first step towards wrenching back the title they lost on Easter Sunday.
The 24-year old is studying Land Economy at St Edmund’s college, and has rowed in the six seat in each of the last two Boat Races, having experienced victory in 2012 as well as this year’s narrow defeat.
A former high-school American Football player who earlier attended the University of Wisconsin, Dudek becomes the ninth American to be appointed President and will take over from Olympic bronze-medallist George Nash.
He will have a hard job to secure a reversal of fortunes however, with Oxford appointing Canadian Malcolm Howard – this year’s winning stroke and a double Olympic medal winner- as his opposite number.
Speaking after his election, Dudek said, “I would like to thank my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead them for the 2014 season, and I aim to live up to the standard set by George last year, as a rower and as a leader.”
“The CUBC has been an enormously influential part of my rowing career, and the presidency will undoubtedly be its highest point. I hope that my enthusiasm and commitment to my team will define my leadership, and I look forward to another hard-fought race.”
Next year’s contest will be the 160th edition of The Boat Race, and will take place on Sunday 6th April, with Cambridge still leading the overall series 81 to 77.