Canadian Double Olympic medallist, Malcolm Howard, has been announced today as the President of the Oxford University Boat Club for the 2013/14 season and will be looking to lead the Dark Blues to consecutive victories in The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race.
Howard became the first Olympian ever to row The Boat Race having already won two Olympic medals when he competed last year as stroke of the victorious Oxford crew. He grew up five minutes away from the Canadian National Team centre in Victoria so perhaps success in rowing was always meant to be. As well as winning Olympic Gold in Beijing and Silver in London, he is a Senior, U23 and Junior World Champion. Howard is 30 years old and is studying for a M Res in Clinical Medicine at Oriel College, having previously studied at Harvard. He is only the second Canadian to be President of the OUBC (Barney Williams was the first in 2005/06).
On the news of his election as OUBC President, Howard commented, “It is an honour and privilege to be elected the OUBC President. Becoming a part of the Oxford University Boat Club and its great legacy and tradition has been a thrill. I admire the work that Alex Davidson accomplished and I am determined to continue Oxford’s success from this season. To repeat as Boat Race winners is a great challenge and I look forward to using my experience and commitment to lead our crews in the 160th Boat Race.”
The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race will take place on 6th April 2014.
Image: Malcolm Howard at stroke of the 2013 Oxford Blue Boat