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Novice Women

The Novice Women's squad is open to women from any year group at University who wish to learn how to row in order to compete for the University at a national level. A highly enthusiastic and competitive group of women, they work hard and have fun whilst immersing themselves in the sport and within UYBC.

Remaining competitive, squad selections take place in term 1 which gives everyone a chance to try rowing and build potential that will brought forward to the development squad and into the senior squads next year. 

The women are supported by a strong network of senior rowers as mentors and coaches, as well as their Captain and Vice Captain. The Captain's main focus this year is on building a strong, capable and balanced squad who are able to successfully compete against novice programmes across the country, whilst encouraging positive attitudes and a love of the sport. 

The Novice Women are no strangers to success and have previously won a gold medal at BUCS, and have sent boats to Henley Women's Regatta. This year we are seeking to replicate and surpass this and we have every faith that this year's squad has the potential to be the best yet.  

For 2023/24 enquiries please contact Hannah or Fay:

Captains: Fay Allen , Hannah Trevelyan-Shipp 


"Joining the Novice Women is a great way to try out a new sport, challenge yourself, and meet new friends, all with the opportunity to represent York in races up and down the country. Anyone with any level of experience is very welcome to come join the UYBC family and we encourage that you pop along and give it a go!"

Tash Dhawan receiving Novice Woman of the Year 2021, from former Captains Roisin Alston and Sarah Gregson.

Aims for the 2023/24 Season​

  • Have at least two competitive boats in head season and the regional circuit.

  • Make an A final at BUCS regatta.

  • Send a competitive eight to WEHORR

  • Send at least one Development 4+ to Henley Women's Regatta.

  • For all members to strive for their own personal best.

Novice Women of 2020 after litter picking the banks of the Ouse to make our river a cleaner place as part of Challenge Week 2020.
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