Why Should You Join CURC?

Cardiff University Rowing Club has a strong history of success. That success has been demonstrated both in the achievements of representative crews and the development of individuals.

In the past twelve months crews have raced  at a wide selection of regattas: Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women's Regatta, BUSA and the  Welsh Boat Race.

The Rowing Club produced the only Cardiff University undergraduate to represent Great Britain at the Athens Olympic Games, Pete Gardner. Amazingly,  Pete only took up rowing while he was here at Cardiff! Another former Cardiff University Rowing Club member, Tanya Brady, won an outstanding bronze medal at the World Rowing Chamionships in 2005. Again, Tanya started her rowing whilst at Cardiff!

Pete Gardner
Anyone joining CURC with limited or no experience of rowing will join as a novice. Emphasis will initially be on introducing you to the sport - including demonstrating how to use an ergo, taking you out on the water and showing you how to enjoy yourselves at our socials!

Soon you will be involved in a wide variety of fitness and strength training, including intensive use of the clubs rowing machines, running, swimming, weight training, and clubs circuit training sessions. Then our dedicated and experienced coaching staff will teach you the art of rowing on water.






You may find that many of your friends in the football, rugby, netball clubs etc are competing almost as often as they train. This is not the case at CURC - rowing is an athletes sport and the ratio of training to racing is very high. But as you pull over the finish line half a length ahead of the other boat in your first race, exhausted after the most strenuous and exhilarating 2km of your life, proud to have the name of Cardiff emblazedned across your back, all the training will seem worth it, and believe me, you'll want to train even more.

As you will see from the rest of the website, the Club offers not only an opportunity to learn a new sport or to take your level of competition to another level, but there is a strong social element resulting from the Rowing Club representing the largest mixed sports club within Cardiff University.

Previous experience and high levels of fitness are not required when novices join CURC, more important is the need for people who are willing to train and push themselves to their limits, people who want to play a key role in a team representing our club and university in one of Britain's most successful and prestigious sports.


It should also be noted that for those prospective members who have competed at a high standard previously (i.e. Junior World Champs, Home International) you might be eligible to apply for the
Cardiff University Sports Bursary Programme, which provides financial and expert assistance for elite athletes at the university.

If you are interested in joining the Club, or just in finding out a little more, contact one of the squad captains.