Congratulations to all of our 2020 leavers! As we celebrate the members who have graduated, we take a look back at their club highlights. For some, they have been with us for five years and others only one. Although their time with the club will vary, their impact does not. Each individual graduating this year has helped the club develop into what it is today, thanks to their efforts, enthusiasm and personalities.
Thank you graduates of 2020!
Dr Aaron Duff, MBChB Medicine
Secretary 16/17, Club President 17/18, Club Master 18/19
Throughout his time at university, Aaron has been an integral contributor to the development of Dundee rowing. In his year leading as Club President, he continued a momentum of changing the club culture and attitude to sport which brought with it Club of the Year recognition from both the University Sports Union and Scottish Rowing. As Aaron begins his career as a doctor for the NHS, the Boat Club can be assured of his continued support for its future endeavours.
Fraser Jefferies, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Fraser is an excellent example of how rowing at Dundee can positively impact and enrich your university career. Since learning to row as a first-year member, Fraser has gone on to Warwick Boat Club where he furthered his competitive experiences whilst completing a year in industry alongside his degree. Before that he completed the UKCC Level 2 Club Coach qualification in order to support the club’s student coaching team and more recently medalled in the individual 2km at the Scottish Rowing Indoor Championships.
Rosie Bowick, Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations & MA (Hons) Politics
Since joining in 2015, Rosie has enjoyed all that university rowing has to offer for students in Dundee. She has progressively developed through the competitive opportunities and achieved success at local competitions in a variety of different crews. As secretary for two terms, Rosie has supported the committee through ensuring club members are informed on the busy calendar that the club provides and been instrumental in improving Alumni relations. DUBC wishes Rosie all the best on the Teach First grad scheme as she moves to London to become a teacher.
Euan McLeod, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
Safety Officer 19/20
During his 4 years at Dundee, Euan has always been a hands-on club member and has participated in competitions across the country. With previous experience from Glasgow Schools, he has supported the club in all facets, from rowing to coxing wins and helping with coaching both on and off the water. As Safety Officer in his final year he helped design the new club kit range which members proudly wear when representing Dundee.
Fiona Chapman, BSc (Hons) Geography & Environmental Science
Safety Officer 18/19
Fiona took up rowing as a new sport in her first year of university and has played a part in all aspects of what the club has to offer students in Dundee. From learning to row in the club she has progressed significantly within the women’s squad. She enjoyed significant success with her third year crew whilst supporting the Committee as Safety Officer.
Gemma Harcus, MA (Hons) Education
Moving to Dundee from Orkney, Gemma joined the club to escape the busy campus life and has since enjoyed some of her fondest memories on the River Tay with friends. She thrived in the close-knit club community and found a lot of benefit from the support system that university sport can offer. As she now starts her career as a teacher, she will be sorely missed by the club as someone who always looked out for others and brought a lot of joy and laughter to every training session.
Hannah Campbell, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Renewables
Fresher’s Convenor 17/18, Club Captain 18/19, Club President 19/20
Hannah leaves DUBC after an impressive 4 years of commitment to improving rowing at Dundee for all club members. In each role that she has served on the Committee, she brings a vibrant and enthusiastic attitude which is infectious to all who work alongside her. Having led the club from both figurehead capacities as Captain and President, she has been instrumental in uplifting the Boat Club’s image on and off the water and will be sorely missed by all.
Laura Speake, BSc (Hons) Molecular Genetics
Men’s Captain 17/18
When joining DUBC from Clydesdale RC, Laura quickly became one of the club’s top coxes as she competed with the senior squads across Scotland throughout her first year. She then led the men’s squad as Captain in her second year, playing an integral role in the development of the beginner men whilst also coaching the senior men through their journey to BUCS Head. She and completed her UKCC Level 2 as a student coach and gained a colour for her competitive achievements
Marcus Robertson-Jones, Msc Computer Games Technology
Having taken up rowing in his 2nd year, Marcus has become a staple member in the men’s squad. He has taken advantage of the training environment in order to push himself to new limits and in doing so has spent a lot of his time as a student on the River Tay. It’s safe to say that no club social would be the same without Marcus, who continued to be a regular member even as he completed his masters at Abertay University.
Dr Priya Gill, MBChB Medicine
Priya has enjoyed making the most of the exciting social calendar that the club provides alongside an ambitious training programme. Whilst juggling the demands of her studies in Medicine, Priya has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the Boat Club in which she’s been able to meet students out with her course and make new friends. DUBC wishes her all the best as she starts this new exciting chapter in her professional career!
Katie Canniford, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Women’s Captain 19/20
In just 3 years as a member of the Boat Club, Katie has made an incredible impact on the competitive culture in Dundee rowing. From Portadown BC in Northern Ireland, Katie has always pushed for the club to broaden its horizons with regards to the competition it facilitates. Alongside her crew in 2018/19, she proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the Scottish rowing landscape and has made members proud of her achievement in becoming a HWR finalist. The club wishes Katie all the best as she looks to continue rowing back home as a registered A&E nurse.
Rachel Lynn, MA (Hons) Business Economics with Marketing
Social Convenor 18/19
Whilst her coxing career may have been short-lived, Rachel has remained an avid supporter of the Boat Club throughout her time as a member. As Social Convenor, she provided that members could make the most of every club social together and delivered a busy calendar to give rowers a break from the demands of training and studying. As part of the Committee, Rachel was never hesitant to stand up for members in order to ensure that the club was doing its very best for them.
Alasdair Forsyth, LLB (Hons) Scots Law
As a beginner to rowing this past year, Alasdair has enjoyed the opportunity to pick up a new sport alongside his final year in his degree. In a short space of time, he picked up the technique and became a prominent rower alongside his crew mates in the beginner eight. As he graduates and continues in his discipline to undertake the Diploma in legal practice we hope to see him continue to progress with his talent for rowing.
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