Ghislaine (Gigs) Hertzog

2019/20 Captain

The Senior Women’s Squad has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years. Our excellent squad depth and well-established athlete development program as one of the University’s lead performance clubs, has allowed the senior women to achieve some great results across recent years, including top ten at BUCS Head 2019 and qualifying for Henley Women’s Regatta two years in a row. 


As Captain I would like to push on with a well-planned long-term training plan, setting us up to achieve our end of year goals right from the start of the year. This program includes a clear progression from winter to summer and training smarter to utilise the limited time students have in the most effective way possible.


The tight-knit community built by everyone in our squad creates a friendly and fun environment, and any junior rower looking to join SURC would be an excellent and very welcome addition, regardless of skill level. Please do get in touch as soon as you can if you would like to get involved with our program.

For women interested in rowing at SURC with previous rowing experience - contact us as early as possible for more information

Matt Farrow

2019/20 Captain

The senior men have gone from strength to strength recently and have had a very successful few years, including wins during head seasons and high rankings in BUCS and HORR. 
With a very strong intake and a large proportion of seniors staying on, the 2019-20 season looks to be the most competitive yet.

Squad goals for 2019-20:
Larger attendance at BUCS indoors
Return to Fours HoRR
Top 10 at BUCS head
Improvement in HoRR placing
Major finals at BUCS Regatta

Qualify at Henley Royal Regatta

For men interested in rowing at SURC with previous rowing experience - contact us as early as possible for more information


Novice Program

Men's Captains: Tom Baldwin & Max Secunda

Women's Captains: Boo Latham & Inge Saccheri

The highly successful SURC novice program consists of 18 men and 18 women, completely new to rowing, who are selected at the beginning of the year, trialling aspects such as adaptability, resilience and determination. Captains will be looking for these traits when trialling doing core and initial rowing machine tests; during this, preference will be towards those who appear ready to take on the unique technical and physical challenges that rowing presents. This programme is ideally suited for those who want to 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 roughly 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 integrate and bond with the rest of the club, but their technical ability comes in leaps and bounds. Their first race shortly follows this, introducing them to the excitement of competitive racing early on.

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


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. For more information, contact us via email or Facebook.

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