A new trophy for the Newton Oxford and Cambridge Women’s Boat Race has been unveiled this week. The trophy is intended to celebrate the Women’s Boat Race’s move to the Tideway river in 2015, when it will take place on the same day as the men’s event. It has been described by Cath Bishop, chairman of the women’s boat club, as “reflecting the hours of dedication and commitment that rowers put into training for the Boat Race.”
The trophy was designed by Rod Kelly, one of the UK’s leading silversmiths, over an 18-month period in a collaborative process with Oxford and Cambridge Women’s Boat Clubs. Both clubs had an equal vote in the development of every aspect of the design, which is handmade in silver and features a crown and a lion to symbolise Oxford and Cambridge respectively.
Cath Bishop has praised the design of the trophy. she commented: “The artist actually came out to watch the CUWBC girls training at Ely, and took the shapes of the puddles in the water after each stroke, and the shape of the oars themselves and put those at the heart of the design.”
The Newton Women’s Boat Race takes place on 30th March, in Henley, where the new trophy will be presented for the first time by Olympic gold medallist Sophie Hosking. The BNY Mellon Men’s Boat Race follows a week later on 6th April 2014 in Putney.