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Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 23/03/2024

Happy 90th Birthday to the amazing Mike Beresford. We are so grateful for everything you have contributed to SUBC and hope you enjoyed celebrating an early birthday with us last week!

Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 14/02/2023

Sarah (Scot) Livingstone

We are very sad to announce the death of alumna Scot Livingstone, also known as Sarah, on 12 January 2023.

Scot joined SUBC as a novice cox and coxed the novice men 2007-2008. Scot subsequently decided to learn how to row with the women's squad 2008-2009, and then coxed the women's squad in her final year, 2009-2010.

Her crew mates and fellow club members fondly remember Scot as a passionate red headed firecracker who cared very deeply about the boat club.

Our condolences and thoughts are with her friends and family.

A celebration of her life will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium, West Chapel, on Wednesday, February 15, at 1.15pm, to which all are invited to attend. Please wear bright colours at the service as a tribute to her personality, or if you are unable to attend, please wear bright colours in her memory on this day.

Pictures from left to right: Winners of Reading Amateur Regatta 2009, Winners of Reading Amateur Regatta 2010, Dorney lake training camp - learning to row in a pair


Tony Wheel 1945-2022 - Obituary provided by Tony's family

Tony started rowing in 1957, aged 12, at Emmanuel School. When in the 1st Eight in 1962 and 1963, Tony’s crew won the Schools’ Head of the River both years and was the fastest school crew in the Tideway Head. The 1962 Eight was Emmanuel’s first crew to race at Henley, winning on Wednesday and losing by 1/3 length in the fastest time of the day on Thursday.

At Southampton University, Tony rowed for 3 years in the 1st Eight and the 1st Four. The 1965 Wyfold four did the fastest time at Henley in their first race there but hit the booms in the next race. Tony was Club Captain in 1966.

After graduating, Tony worked in construction which made competitive rowing difficult but managed some time on the water including sea rowing at Worthing, when working on the south coast.

In 1971, Tony and his family moved to Benson and he joined Wallingford Rowing Club. Within three weeks he was on the Committee as Secretary, which, in those days, included being Membership Secretary and doing all the entries to competitions. Tony rowed in the men’s squad, winning Senior Eights and Novice Sculls in the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Tony then went overseas with his work, to Oman, Saudi Arabia and Algeria but rowed with the veterans when in the UK between contracts, winning the Club’s first Veterans Trophy in the Eight at Molesey Vets Head in 1984.

Returning from working overseas in 1987, Tony found a group of youngsters hanging around the Club without a coach to take them out, so he agreed to take them out on ‘a couple of outings’. That ‘couple of outings’ became over 25 years of coaching until 2013 as Junior Coach. During this time the youngsters won many events, including 39 National medals, wins at Women’s Henley, semi-finals at Henley Royal Regatta and producing 22 youngsters competing for England and Great Britain. Tony was selected as Coach for seven GB Junior teams competing in Italy, Belgium and France as well as in the UK.

After retiring from coaching, Tony continued on the Committee at Wallingford, serving as Safety Advisor and Secretary again as well as an ordinary member. He also managed a couple of projects including construction of the new Gym, procuring grants for the Wintech fleet and heading procurement of the new pontoons.

In 2011 Tony was awarded the High Sheriff of Qxfordshire’s Award for Services to the Community. In 2022 the Club named the Gym after him.

In recent years, involvement has been limited to taking in the view from the Club’s Bar!

The service for Tony Wheel will be on Tuesday 31st January 2023 at 1pm at South Oxfordshire Crematorium. There will be a wake following on from the service at the Comrades Club in Wallingford from 2.30pm. If you plan to attend the wake, please email Rob Hines who will relay this to the organisers to estimate numbers.

Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 19/06/2022

This year, we sent a 4+ to to race in the Development 4+ Frank v Harry cup. Their huge efforts on Friday meant they became one of the 16 crews to qualify!!
They moved onto the first knockout round and went head to head with Reading Univeristy in a very close race, losing by just half a canvas.
We are incredibly proud of the crew for all their efforts in their training for & racing at Henley - well done girls!!


Help us to reach our next fundraising target of £5,000 for our filippi men's coxed four by donating to transform the looks of some of our rowers!!

Some of our members from the men's squads will be sacrificing their luscious locks over camp (from the 11-17th April) in a fundraising bid to help achieve our next target.

A donation of £20 will allow you to assign a haircut of your choice to one of the rowers from the list below, while a £160 donation will enable you to target all of them! Those that are lucky enough to get selected more than once will be given a combination of the haircut suggestions.
Rowers in the list not selected will be randomly assigned a haircut from the donation suggestions. A donation less than £20 will allow you to give a haircut suggestion which will be used on those not picked.

Those willing to sacrifice their hair are:
Oliver Taylor
Ashley Walters
Joe Thorpe
Louis Forrester
Marshall Peters
Pasqual Pook
Matty Tremelling
Oliver Mackay
Thomas Bodily
Tom de Winton
Tom Gregory
Boris Van Griensven
Toby Honey
Oscar Robinson
Sam Burlington-Horton
Lucas Moran
Josh Vielvoye Croix

Get your thinking caps on for some new trims & click the link below to donate to our crowdfunding page!

Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 16/03/2022

We are deeply saddened to hear about the recent passing of one of our alumni, Simon Burdess. Simon rowed at HRR ’88 and ’89 for Oundle school before coming to Southampton University and joining SUBC. He then went on to row again at HRR for us in ’91.

He leaves behind a wife and three daughters and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral will be held on the 23rd March 2022 at 1430, please see attached photo for details.


Ladies and Gentleman,

Come one come all to the quiz of the year!

Head on down to The Broadway for good vibes as we give our legs a break and engage our minds in answering questions to battle for intellectual prestige.

Please bring along your friends to help strengthen your teams. 5 people per team so choose your comrades wisely.

Tickets are £3 per person, and include a raffle ticket! Great prizes are available to be won at the end of the quiz.

Extra tickets can be bought, to improve your odds at getting those sweet sweet goodies.
Buy extra raffle tickets, £2 for 1, £3.5 for 2 and £4 for 5.

All proceeds go to SUBC

BC Love,
Phoebe, Ash and Lucas xoxo


Hi all SUBC members (current and former!)

We are excited to share that we recently acquired a 2018 Filippi men's coxed four, thanks to Sport and Wellbeing. They have bought us this boat so that we can repay them this year once we have raised funds!

The boat cost £13,000 and so we have set up a crowdfunding page for fundraising. This is why we have teamed up with Southampton university’s crowdfunding support to promote this project!

Please follow this link to see images of the new boat, and to donate:

Or, in our bio click on our Linktree and you’ll find a section titled “crowdfunding”. Please follow that to donate!

We need your help - we would massively appreciate any donation to help us reach the target and this project is time sensitive too!!

SUBC has made my time at university so incredibly special. I’m sure many of you can say the same. We welcome any support whether that be donating or sharing this ambitious target with family and friends!!

Alumni - if you haven’t already, please join our alumni mailing list so that you can stay up to date with what we have achieved recently!

We have £13,000 to raise, so let’s smash this target as we would an erg PB!!

Lots of Boat Club love,


We are so pleased to announce that Michael Beresford, our senior women's coach, has won the joint lifetime achievement award from British Rowing!

Mike has dedicated nearly 50 years to SUBC, & it really wouldn't be the same without his invaluable knowledge & humour. We are incredibly grateful for all he has done for both the club and couldn't think of someone more deserving of this award!


Our senior men's squad took part in a 24 hour continuous row in aid of today.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this was actually a 20 hour row, and the squad collectively achieved a total distance of 295,387m.

This is a two day event hosted by Caleb Sampson, and we will count the distance on the water tomorrow as well.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Caleb's just giving page is below - any support would be greatly appreciated💚


*Movember 2021*

It’s been 5 days since the start of November and so the start of Movember. As a club, we’ll be joining the university in supporting this movement. We’ll be trying to raise both money and awareness of men’s mental and physical health by having some of our members attempting to grow moustaches throughout November – enjoy the before photos!!
We’d appreciate any support – you can follow along with our team/donate here:


It was amazing to see so many of you at our taster sessions this weekend!
If you want to join the club, don't forget to come to one of our membership meetings, either on:
- Monday 4th October 6:30-7:30pm
- Thursday 7th October 6:30-7:30pm
They will be in Building 54 (maths building), room 4011
You only need to attend one of these meetings.
Can't wait to see you there!


Whether you've never set foot in a boat, or rowed for years, we'd love to see you at one of our taster sessions this weekend! It's an opportunity for you to meet some of our current members and committee, ask questions and go out on the river in one of our boats!

At Interchange or Wessex halls, someone will be there to meet you, carrying one of our rowing blades! Feel free to make your own way there too - our address is: University of Southampton Watersports Centre, Mead Crescent (just off Oliver Road), Southampton, SO18 2JL

We'll also be in Jubilee Sports Hall on Thursday all day so be sure to come say hi then too!!

We can't wait to meet lots of new faces & if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch - either on here, Facebook or emailing one of our captains:
Senior men's captain (Oli Taylor): [email protected]
Senior women's captain (Amy Miller): [email protected]
Novice men's captain (Tom de Winton): [email protected]
Novice women's captain (Izzy Thompson): [email protected]


As a club, we will be taking part in Southampton RAG's movement challenge for Stop Hate UK, following the recent racial abuse of players after the Euro finals. There is a movement target of 282km, to represent the 282 cases of racism reported in the 2019/20 football season (source: kick it out).
We've decided to raise this target to 2820km to complete collectively as a club, and hope as many members (both past and present!) join us in completing our goal (to get involved, make sure you're part of the SUBC strava page).
The link for our fundraising page is below, and we hope you'll be able to get behind us in supporting this important cause.

Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 30/06/2021

*BUCS 2021*

The club has enjoyed a successful BUCS regatta this year, entering 15 boats in the races. The novice men and women both managed to bring home medals, with the men’s 8+ boat securing bronze and the women’s A 4+ a silver! The men’s 4+ boat and women’s 8+ boat also both came 4th in the A Final, while the women’s B 4+ stormed ahead to win the C Final (with a massive 39 seconds ahead of the next crew!).

The senior men also experienced success, with the A 8+ boat making it into the B final and the beginner 2 8+ boat the A Final. The A & B 4+ boats endured close competition with each other in the C final, coming 2nd and 3rd respectively. The senior women’s beginner 2 4+ boat smashed their race too, coming 5th in the A Final, while the women’s 8+ boat and 2x boat won their minor finals.

The club is incredibly proud of all the rowers who competed at BUCS, and we’re excited to see what they can do next!

Photos from Southampton University Boat Club - Rowing's post 30/04/2021

At SUBC we are proud to think our club provides an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are keen to promote diversity and inclusivity within sport, particularly rowing itself.

Any form of discrimination has no place within our club and therefore we are standing with British Rowing and the rest of the sporting community to call for better protection of all individuals against discriminatory abuse of any kind online.

Our social media channels will be silent from 3pm today until 11:59pm on the 3rd May.

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