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City Of Oxford Rowing Club

Women's / Men's Competition Squad  

The Women's / Men's Competition Squad is for members who wish to compete and win at regattas other than Henley. Squad members will usually have reached the stage of a de-novice with a minimum of one to two years experience in competition. 

The squad is made up from members who have reached IM3 level and have usually rowed for a couple of seasons in the development squad. We are open to new members who are able to demonstrate their competence in rowing and have the drive and determination to be successful.

Next Season

2017/18 is an exciting time for City Of Oxford as we re-introduce our competition squad back to the club. The qualifying process starts in September with the selection of new squad members, ready to start training for the up and coming season.

The club has made great progress this year, with a large number of members reaching the stage of de-novice and progressing forward towards a competition level.

We look forward to growing our success in the coming year and welcome on board any experienced rowers who wish to join the squad for competition.

If you have previous experience in rowing at competition level and are interested in joining CORC Competition Squad for the coming season as a rower, cox or as an addition to the coaching team, please contact us via email: club.captain@oxfordrowingclub.org.uk

Howard Aiken

Club Senior Captain

About The Squad

The competition squad is a natural progression path for club members who wish to compete in rowing at a higher and more competitive level. Some of the members will see this opportunity as a stepping stone to joining our senior squad, once they have gained enough experience and met the requirements for training, fitness and skill set.

We cater for members who wish to compete in sweep rowing and/or sculling. We have a broader range of technical ability than our senior squad, but with the flexibility for those who have other commitments through their work life and family.

Participation in regular training on both land and water is a mandatory requirement. In order to succeed and win regattas at an intermediate level, we have to be one step ahead of our competition. We work very hard throughout the season to ensure we get the best results for our whole team.

Training and outings on the water take place every weekend, with further outings arranged on week day evenings during the summer, leading up to and during the regatta season. The squad coach provides a comprehensive land training program for which members have the flexibility to use our facilities, gym and rowing machines 7 days a week.

The general running of the club is very much a team effort and we ask our members to volunteer some of their time in helping others. Some examples include marshalling duties, general upkeep and maintenance of the club house and facilities, assistance during regattas and CORC hosted events, coxing and coaching for our development squads. All our squad members have something to offer and we embrace the team effort that leads us to be successful in competitive rowing.


Competing at an intermediate level can encompass a broad range of technical ability. Some of our members may have recently qualified into the team from our development squad, however some longer standing members may have many years experience in rowing. Squad members naturally fall into place, based upon their personal progression and achievements in competition.

The Competitive Squad is for those members who perhaps can't commit quite as much time as Senior Squad, but wish to row at a competitive level including IM3 and IM2 leagues.