Get Involved

Want to get involved with rowing? You’re in the right place!

Whether it’s to keep fit, be involved with the college’s biggest, most active and most successful sports club or simply to meet loads of people and enjoy the social side, there’s a place for you here.

In Freshers’ Week, there will be a stall at the college freshers’ fair for you to talk to some current rowers and sign up. There’ll also be a taster day on the weekend of Freshers’ Week, where you can check out our facilities and get into a rowing boat for the first time.

Don’t worry if you haven’t set foot in a boat before or even consider yourself to not be very sporty. Many of our rowers arrive with no sporting experience and even more with no rowing experience. Michaelmas Term is the time that the majority of people learn to row. This is all in preparation for Christ Church Regatta in 7th Week – a head to head sprint regatta against all of the other novices from the Oxford colleges.

Following this, we have Torpids in 7th Week of Hilary Term, and Summer VIIIs in 5th week of Trinity Term. Both of these races are bumps races – the objective being to hit the boat in front of you without getting hit yourself. At Summer VIIIs, there are over 10,000 spectators on the Saturday; possibly the largest crowd for an amateur sport in the country!

Alternatively, you can learn to cox – a rewarding, responsible position (All the benefits of rowing but with none of the hard work!)

If you have rowed/coxed before, then email the men’s or women’s captains, whose emails can be found on the committee page. Every year many experienced rowers join LMH and enjoy becoming part of our large squad system.

Why Row?

  • Enjoyment: Rowing combines technical expertise with fitness and crew spirit to produce the ultimate team sport.
  • Social Scene: An LMH crew date is a social event never to be missed. We also have termly boat club dinners, amongst other events, and regularly have club pub trips as well.
  • Academic benefits: Rowing can add both structure and a breather to your day. Believe it or not, rowers tend to be pretty smart!
  • Health: Rowing will improve both your fitness and strength.
  • CV: The phrase ‘Oxford Rowing’ on a CV is sure to give you an edge over your competitors.
  • Excitement: There is nothing like sitting on the start line, waiting for the starting cannon to go off. The adrenaline rush is like no other.

Mythbusting

  • I have to be a certain physical stature: Motivation, discipline and technical skill are always the deciding factors. Lightweight rowing is a huge part of rowing around the country; men have to weigh less than 72kg to compete, and women 59kg!
  • Too much time: Rowing is organised around lectures, labs and tutorials at times to suit you. Everyone has multiple priorities – we get it! At the end of the day we are all here to study for a degree, so there shouldn’t be a massive conflict.
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