Rowing at GUBC was my favourite activity while studying abroad in Glasgow. Everyone I met at the rowing club was extremely accepting of new members and it was very easy to make friends. This is why you should join the GUBC family.
There were a multitude of electrifying social events organised by the boat club including pub-crawls, themed parties and the club’s annual dinner. Not having been raised in Scotland, I immensely enjoyed dancing in a kilt to traditional Scottish music during a ‘ceilidh’ at the annual dinner.
Training and Competing
Flexible training timetables made attending training as simple as possible despite full-time university course work. This allowed our oar-inspiring coaches to create dedicated training programs for all the squads enabling us to race successfully at regattas in our super-awesome rowing outfits. Our racing enabled us to travel all over Scotland to cities such as Aberdeen and Inverness within the first semester of joining.
The training strategy was clearly communicated involving a varying combination of circuit training, indoor cardio training on an ergometer, and water sessions on a cool river suitable for steering practice. Needless to say I am now fantastic at reverse parking.
Behind the scenes are a world-class group of student volunteers who keep the rowing club operating and professionally manage boat maintenance, finances, insurance and travel to regattas. We never had to worry about the administration side of the sport so that we could just row.
Catering for all skill levels from novice to international representatives, the boat shed acts as a second home for locals and international students alike. The memories of my new friends and I rowing, partying or just down at the shed are truly unforgettable. Thank you GUBC for welcoming me into the rowing family!
Jeremy Gillbanks was an exchange student from the University of Western Australia.