University of Sunderland's rowers impress at BUCS rowing regatta in Nottingham

The University of Sunderland’s rowing club has seen an increase in new people joining compared to last year.

The team took on 22 new recruits over the course of last year, but this year the club have already taken on seven more members.

Fresher Nick McGurk is delighted with how things are going.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far. The races have been my favourite part, I love the adrenaline,” McGurk beamed.

Elsewhere, Jamie Watson, who has decided to join the club in her second year of university, is pleased with her decision of joining.

“It’s been really nice, everyone has been so welcoming,” she said.

Watson also encouraged any individuals who are thinking of joining to ‘just go for it’.

Still in the early stages of her club presidency, Abby Harris is encouraged by the growth in new members.

“It’s been encouraging to already see a 36% increase in numbers and even better that they’re continually enjoying their time with us,” Harris stated.

The president also had some encouraging words for anyone thinking about joining but lacking in confidence, adding: “For those who are worried about how late in the year it seems, we haven’t got a set program so are flexible to newcomers.

“Do not be discouraged by thinking you’re not fit, tall or strong enough. I’m 5”2inches and probably the most unfit, weakest person in the team and I still thoroughly think it’s worth my time and money.”

If you would like to join the University’s rowing club, get in touch with Abby and other members of the committee via the society’s Facebook page:



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