Olympic medallist becomes new women’s boat club chair

Victoria Akinsowon 6 February 2014

British Olympic medallist Cath Bishop has been appointed the new Cambridge University Women’s Boat Chair (CUWB).

Bishop represented the British Rowing Team in three Olympics, winning Silver at the 2004 Olympic Games. She also won Silver and Gold medals at the 1998 and 2003 World Championships respectively.

Bishop, a Pembroke alumna, was part of the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club from 1991–’93, and competed twice in the Newton Women’s Boat Race.

Of the announcement, Bishop said: “The time I spent rowing at CUWBC as a student formed the foundation for my Olympic rowing career that ensued. I am delighted to take over the reins as Chair of CUWBC to help the next generation of Cambridge women rowers to develop and reach their potential.”

Livi Carrington, head of Trinity Hall Women’s Boat Club, responded positively to the news: “I think that [Bishop] will be a great addition to CUWBC. I hope her involvement will inspire college level rowers to trial for the Blue boat and raise the profile of 
high level women’s rowing in Cambridge for those studying here.”

The news comes ahead of the 2014 Newton Women’s Boat Race, a series of rowing races between crews from 
Oxford and Cambridge universities. 

This year’s race will take place at Henley on 30 March.