Boat Club President – Tristan Brown

Vice- President – Michal Dzieweczynski

Freshers’ Rowing Captains – Katrin Watkin-Rees & Elliott Lewis-Douglas and

Men’s Rowing Captain – John Walker

Women’s Rowing Captain – Joanna Murnane

Welcome to Stephenson College Boat Club (SCBC)!

For more information visit our website here or please see below.



You do NOT need to have tried, or even thought about rowing to join SCBC. We will teach you, promise! With two Level 2 rowing coaches-in-training, and years of experience across the existing squads, you will be sweeping with perfect catches and finishes in no time. If you are lucky enough to have been involved in rowing before, you will be placed in the senior squad. At SCBC we have four squads: Fresher Men, Fresher Women, Senior Men and Senior women. Squads train separately apart from circuit sessions, and the fresher squads are integrated into training with the senior squads after first term. Brand new this year we will also have a coxing captain, who will be looking to recruit and train new coxes.

All members of SCBC are guaranteed at least one water outing per week, along side this, each squad has two ergo sessions and a circuit session. We share a boathouse full of equipment with John Snow Boat Club (JSBC), which holds an eight, 5 x fours, and 4 x singles, along with sets of blades, life jackets, cox boxes and other rowing bits and pieces, including a new speed boat. We have use of an ergo room in the sports centre, again shared with JSBC, and use of one of the sports centre studios for circuit sessions.


We enter British Rowing events around the North East, including Durham, Hexham, Tyne and Tees, with all race days being a great trip out. Last year we won the mens’s IM3.1x (intermediate single sculler) at Durham City Regatta and Tyne regatta. We then took the biggest event of the season, Durham Regatta, by storm, with our novice fresher women winning both W.NOV.4+ (novice coxed four) and the W.ColMdn.4+ (college maiden coxed four), with the novice fresher men winning their event, the ColMdn.4+. Only novice freshers from Durham colleges can enter the college maiden events, and seeing as we won both dare I say we have the best rowing freshers?

The most important upcoming event for freshers is Novice Cup, hosted in Durham City. Usually held in November, this allows all the colleges to show off their best fresher crews, in a bid to win some medals, and most importantly status as the best rowing college. After this we focus of head season, which involves longer races between about 2000 to 5000 metres. In the last week of the Easter holidays Stevo hosts its own training week in preparation for regatta season, which are shorter sprint races varying between 500 and 2000 metres. 


Our two social secretaries are responsible to ensure that as a club we don’t just train together, but we socialise together too. One of the highlights of the year is training week, where we got competitive on the go-karting track, had movie night and pizza night, along with lots of rowing of course. They organise events throughout the year, with one of the favourites being Rowing Ball at the end of third term.