Former pupil Hannah Roberts made history as she took to the water at the Tideway on the Thames at the weekend as part of the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.
Hannah, who is 20-years-old, rowed at no 4 seat in the reserve Cambridge boat, Blondie. It was a hard fought race but her crew was eventually beaten by Oxford’s reserve crew Osiris.
The women’s race was held at the Tideway for the first time ever this year, alongside the men’s race over the same course. Hannah was honoured to be part of this exciting development in women’s rowing.
After achieving 4 A*s at A level, Hannah left Queen’s to study Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge.
She said: “My schedule since September has been really busy; lots of early mornings on the water and land training in the afternoons, academic work is demanding too with lectures, practicals, supervisions, along with essays and further reading. Eating and sleeping is important when training so hard; I just about manage to fit that in somewhere in between but not much else! The sacrifices have been worth it though.”
“I am really happy to have achieved a place in the Blondie Crew. I have made great friendships and the whole trialling and Boat Race experience has been amazing. 

Hannah follows in the footsteps of old girl Louise Makin, who in 1984 rowed stroke for the first ever lightweight varsity race, the crew of which reunited at the Boatrace this year for a 30 year Anniversary Commemorative Row Past.

Post date: 12th April 2015