The two Oxford and two Cambridge squads that will trial for places in The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race and Newton Women’s Boat Race were announced last week. Wilson’s HospitalSchool past-pupil Stella Isaac (Rodgers) has been selected to trial for a position on the squad for CambridgeUniversity for the very famous Boat Race. Stella first started rowing when she went to Cambridge to study history after completing her Leaving Certificate in Wilson’s. Stella and her family are now back to England (following several years in New Zealand) and she is back in Cambridge studying for her Doctorate in History.
Further coverage can be found at http://theboatrace.org/women/squad-list and http://theboatrace.org/women/news-article/116/2014-squads-revealed-today
Wilson’s HospitalSchool is delighted to wish Stella every good luck with her training over the next few months until the final selection.
This is a short account that she wrote regarding selection and training:
I have been selected for the Cambridge squad; only after a horrendous amount of blood, sweat and tears! In the press release, there is talk about both squads and the standards of competitors. I am lucky enough to be training alongside GB triallists and Olympians. I am mentioned as the oldest athlete in both men’s and women's squads for both universities!! It would seem I have reached my peak of athleticism later than most!!
From here it is 150 days until the Boat Race, and I am specialising as a lightweight rower, and hope to race against Oxford in a lightweight crew. Day to day, the training is tough - we are rowing about 125k a week and doing land training, but the process is life changing.