Wednesday 18th October was a big day for our Team Brunel Rowing club as they christened their new boat with an official boat naming ceremony.
The Team Brunel Rowing Club are based out of the University of London Boat Club in Chiswick, and the ceremony was hosted at the boathouse on a Wednesday afternoon, the day that student rowers traditionally train. The ceremony was well attended by both club members, senior management from the Union, and guests from British Rowing and Swift Racing.
Speeches from the current, and previous club chairs were well received, as key partners involved in purchasing the boat were thanked for their support. Following this, it was time to get down to the real business, and the reason everyone was there; to reveal the name of the new boat! In one swift move the cover was removed and the name Rodford was unveiled for all to see. Rodford was then christened with the traditional pouring of champagne on to the boat to ensure good luck and successful rowing.
Why Rodford? The club decided on the name Rodford in honour of Brunel alumni Beth Rodford, who competed for GB at two Olympic games, Beijing in 2008, and London in 2012, finishing 5th and 6th respectively.
The funding to purchase the brand new 4 seater boat, was awarded via the Sport England Small Grants fund, which awards funding to not-profit organisations and charities to get more people playing sport. The success of our rowing club’s bid is a testament to their hard work over the years in growing the club, and making the sport more accessible to students at Brunel. With the removal of membership fees this year, the new boat is set to be used by many, as the club continues to grow and has ambitions to compete in the BUCS regatta at the end of the year.
We would like to thank British Rowing for their support throughout the bid process. Their advice and expertise was invaluable, and the club and the Union look forward to working with them again in the future to grow participation in rowing at Brunel.