Ellie Baimbridge
2021/22 Captain

The Senior Women’s squad at SURC is one that is continually improving in performance year upon year. Excellent recent results include top ten at BUCS Head 2019 and 2020, B finals at BUCS Regatta, as well as three consecutive qualifications at Henley Women’s Regatta. Following on, the 2021-2022 season promises to build from these results and anticipates the advancement and growth of the squad.

Being one of Sheffield University’s top performance clubs, our programme is one which follows athletes in their rowing development and achievement of personal goals, whilst also assisting with the balance of training and studies. There is a strong emphasis on progression as a crew and the friendly environment created by everyone in the squad is one that is welcoming to all.

The club supports and encourages rowers of all abilities, so if you are interested in rowing with SURC or have any questions at all, do not hesitate to get in touch as soon as you can.

For women interested in rowing at SURC with previous rowing experience - click 'Join Us' or contact Ellie.

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John Gunton
2021/22 Captain

After years full of race cancellations in 2019/21, SURC’s Senior Men are looking forward to replicating their success in recent years and reasserting their dominance amongst Yorkshire’s universities. With a strong and sizeable intake from SURC’s Novice Programme, as well as continuing seniors, the 2021-2022 season will be looking to be the squad’s most successful yet.


As captain, I am looking forward to providing a programme that will aid not only the squad, but also individuals, to achieve their goals. The training plan will make efficient use of each member’s time, to accommodate the demands of university degrees, as well as help the squad reach its goals.


The squad’s goals for the upcoming season are as follows:

  • Qualify for Henley Royal Regatta

  • Major finals at BUCS Regatta

  • Top 10 at BUCS Head

  • Top 75 at Head of the River

  • Large attendance at BUCS indoors


SURC and the Senior Men’s squad provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, that would happily integrate any rower, irrespective of skill level. For those wishing to be a part of the Senior Men’s programme, or to get more information about rowing at SURC, please contact us as soon as possible.

For men interested in rowing at SURC with previous rowing experience - click 'Join Us' or contact John.



Men's Captain: Will Meadows
Women's Captains: Caitlyn Hawkesford-Johnson & Erin Hodnett

The successful SURC novice program consists of up to 20 men and 20 women, completely new to rowing. Selection takes place at the beginning of the year, via trials based around core, strength and initial rowing machine tests. Captains will be looking for traits such as adaptability, resilience and determination when trialling, with preference towards those who appear ready to take on the unique technical and physical challenges that rowing presents. This programme is ideally suited to those who want to push their limits, and will get out of it what they put in.

Once selected, the squads will immediately be introduced to the fundamentals of rowing on the water, with training focussing on the technical aspects of the sport. Supplementing this, the squad will be immersed into SURC with club-wide land training such as strength and conditioning, ergs and mobility/core. It is important for the squad to reach the base level of fitness required for the sport early on, with up to ten sessions a week, on and off the water. This training also creates strong bonds as a squad very early on.

Novices are taught exclusively sweep rowing throughout the year, with an opportunity to learn sculling once integrated with the Senior squads at the end of the regatta season. Once the squad has a grasp of the technical basics, their training camp in October means they not only bond with the rest of their squad, but their technical ability improves dramatically. Their first race shortly follows this, introducing them to the excitement of competitive racing early on.

To anyone old or new to Sheffield who think this may be for them, we look forward to meeting you!


Novice Squads have now been selected for 21/22. The next opportunity to join as a Novice will be next year. Alternatives: joining the club as a cox (see below) or RowFit member (find more information on our Instagram or Facebook group).

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Coxing is a vital role involving much more than steering and coordination within the boat, and a crew's cox is integral to their success.


SURC are continuously recruiting for experienced and novice coxes, with the opportunity to race at national races including Henley, HoRR and smaller local races.

You can also be involved in all club activities including land training and socials.


For more information, contact us via email (rowing@sheffield.ac.uk), Instagram or Facebook.

Click 'Join Us' if you have any questions.


Cox Captain: Rhiannon McQuone