Word From The Captain

I am thoroughly impressed with the effort and commitment put in by all crews this term. Every cox and rower has worked hard, trained well and ought to be proud of the way you performed this term. Well done to all the crews who bumped up, you did fantastically and really deserve it! You can all hold your heads high and take pride in the way you rowed.
May term sees the return of the Olympians, World champions and University rowers from CUBC and CUWBC but that didn’t shake us – we went out there to show them what Trinity Hall men and women are made of and gave them a run for their money.
Congratulations to the lower boats! Almost all of you learnt to row this year but it doesn’t show in the way you row. You should be very pleased with the progress you’ve made and I hope you have enjoyed your rowing. I hope that you will continue next year and try for seats in the first crews.
Trinity Hall has been well represented off the Cam with Lucy Pike winning the 4- event with CUWBC at MET regatta and trialling for GB earlier in the term. She is competing at Henley women’s regatta this week and we wish her the very best of luck! James Wood and I also enjoyed some off-Cam racing, representing THBC in the 2x and coming second at both Putney and Peterborough regattas.
As the year comes to an end I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made the year such a success. Thank you to Martin for all your help making sure the boats are up and running and for all the hours spent coaching. It has been a pleasure to work with you and learn from you this year. I will endeavour to come round the turn off the power rock off lift drive finish turn while loving to shove. Thank you to Alice, Sophie, Jamie and Rob for all your excellent coaching, the success of the crews is testament to your efforts. Thank you, Jeff for your enthusiasm and expert coaching, almost everyone in the club was taught to row by you and we’re very grateful!
Thank you to the committee, to Joe, Cat, Emily, Charlie, Ed, Tim, George, Eloise, Rose, Seb and Matt. You were a fantastic team and made my life a lot easier. Ellie and Alice, you were superb and it’s been exciting to look after the club with you.
Revd Dr Morris, Dr Pullan, Dr Stretch, Kate, Walter, Tom and Lizzie, thank you for your help on the advisory committee; your experience and advice are an asset to the club and you’ve been a great help this year.
It has been a joy to lead this fantastic club this year and I look forward to seeing new blood come up next year. I wish Alice, Matt and Aga the very best for the future; I am sure you will be fantastic and continue the growth and improved fortunes of Trinity Hall Boat Club. Enjoy your rowing and your time off the water, it is delightful to see so many people enjoying this fantastic sport and to watch the club grow in number and strength.
In the words of the poet,
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

We’ll make a rower out of you.
Row Hall!

Tom James
Captain 2016-17

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