Over the past few weeks, internal elections have taken place at all four Clubs. Oxford University Boat Club, Cambridge University Boat Club, Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club have now all chosen their Presidents for The 2016-17 Cancer Research UK Boat Races season.
After their 2016 Race defeat, OUBC have selected returning Blue Michael DiSanto as their President. Michael competed and won in the 2014 & 2015 Boat Race, however did not trial last year. Michael returns to OUBC in his final year of study and will look to lead his crew to victory. Speaking about his appointment as President, Michael said “I am incredibly honoured to be elected President of OUBC and am very much looking forward to the upcoming year.”
Lance Tredell, who stroked last year’s winning Blue Boat, has been elected as President for the CUBC. A British student, who previously studied at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys will be in his second year at Hughes Hall and second season with the Club. “It is a huge privilege and a great honour to have been elected as President of Cambridge University Boat Club. I’m looking forward to leading a strong squad of dedicated and committed gentlemen to prepare for the 163rd instalment of this historic Boat Race. After a very successful 2016 campaign, there is a great sense of excitement building within the Club as early preparations are now well underway” commented Lance after the announcement.
OUWBC’s Elo Luik will look to continue the Clubs winning streak in her role as President for the 2016-2017 campaign. Elo competed in the Blue Boat 5 seat at The 2016 Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race and also raced for Osiris in 2014. Estonian Elo is reading a DPhil in Social Anthropology at Wolfson College. Talking about the upcoming year, Elo stated “I’m really excited to be leading the team into the next season. The OUWBC and The Boat Races mean a lot to me and this is a brilliant opportunity to get more involved.”
Elo’s Cambridge counterpart will be Canadian Ashton Brown. Ashton will be in her second year of study for a PHD in Education after completing an MPhil in Psychology and Education. This will be her third Boat Race campaign, having been part of the 2015 & 2016 Blue Boats. Speaking about her Presidency, Ashton said “It is a great honour to have been chosen by my teammates to lead the charge going into all three races in 2017. I’m incredibly lucky to have a dedicated and talented group of athletes who are continuing with the squad and am thrilled to get the opportunity to have them by my side going into next year”.
The 163rd Boat Race and The 72nd Women’s Boat Race will take place on Sunday 2nd April 2017. The Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race will start at 16:35, with The Cancer Research UK Boat Race an hour later at 17:35.