The Boat Race Company Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will be attending this year’s Race and will be presenting The Xchanging Boat Race Trophy to the winning crew.
Having attended Oxford University himself, Mr Johnson has always followed the Race, and now as Mayor of London has an even greater appreciation of the significance of this historic event. “London is rightly recognised as the home of sport. We invented or codified most of the major games played across the globe and in this Olympic year we have a wonderful opportunity to remind the world of that role. The Boat Race reflects that proud tradition, saluting our heritage and showcasing the best of our natural talent – raw strength, energy, skill and determination. I look forward to joining thousands along the banks of the Thames to witness one of the most popular spectacles of the year and get a taste of the quality that will hopefully deliver a crop of medals this summer. I am not unbiased in this role but I wish both crews the best in reminding the world of British talent and London’s big year.”
The 2012 Xchanging Boat Race will be staged on Saturday, 7 April at 2:15pm. The 158th Boat Race will be screened live on BBC 1.