Committee 2008/2009

President – Mason Durant 

Mason is in his 3rd year studying Geography. He enjoyed his most successful year to date last year, racing at many international and domestic regattas, with highlights including winning the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, and racing for Great Britain at the U23 World Championships, Dusiburg Regatta and the World University Championships. He is also a three times British Universities Champion. He believes that the programme at Newcastle and the influence of the Head Coach have been crucial in his development as an athlete.

Secretary – Richard Copsey
Richard is in his third year at Newcastle.  He joined as a novice in his first year in which he competed in some of the top events in the country and has since moved into the senior squad.  He enjoys the close knit and social squad at Newcastle.  After a disappointing season last year mostly spent injured he is hoping for a successful and injury free year.
Treasurer – William Reid Will is in his 4th year of rowing at NUBC as a senior, having rowed as a junior for 6 years previously. The step up in his performance on arrival was unbelievable and has continued to improve every season since. This has brought opportunities to race at both a national and international level. He believe this is mainly due to the training program but could not have done it without the social side of the sport. Some of his best friends at uni have been made through the boat club. He has really enjoyed his time as a member of the senior squad and will be sad to leave at the end of the season
Senior Men’s Captain – Charles D’Oncieu
  Senior Women’s Captain – Alice Leake Alice has been rowing for 10 years, she previously rowed at Newark RC before moving to NUBC where she has had the opportunity to fulfil her passion for rowing.  In 2006 she was part of the Junior GB team going to the Coupe de la Jeunesse before moving to Newcastle University.  Since being a member of NUBC she has racked up a total of 5gold, 6silver and 4broze BUSA event medals and 2gold+2bronze medals at the National Championships.  She has also had the opportunity to go to the European University Championships 2 years in a row gaining a bronze and a silver.  Last year she made it to final GB trails and this year she hopes to be able to make it to the U23 World Championships and World University Championships.  Alice is looking forward to the year ahead and hopes this will become the finest year for the Women’s Squad!

  Publicity – Emily Field 

Emily is in her third year, studying Civil Engineering.  She joined the boat club in her first year of university as a novice, and continued to row as a senior during her second year.  This year she has begun coaching the novice women, hoping to help other novice women experience the unbeatable rowing lifestyle.

  Friends Officer – Bill Hilder 

Bill is now a 4th year Politics and Languages Student and has been part of the boat club since he joined as a novice in 2005. He was a social secretary during his second year at the club and last year spent a year abroad in Mannheim, Germany. He was in the NUBC 4x that went to EUSA this summer and is aiming higher this year.

Alumni Officer – Piers Pye-Watson 


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Social Secretaries – George Densham & Toby Winch 

George is enjoying his first year in the senior squad, having been a novice last year.  He is hugely excited about the competitions coming up this year and hopes to start reaping senior medals at the first opportunity possible.  George is enjoying being incharge of the social side of the club and understands how important this is on the intense training program of NUBC.  Amoung other asperations, he plans to row the Atlantic with fellow NUBC rower Murray Wilkojc during Christmas 2010.


Toby studies Marketing Management and is in his second year of rowing for Newcastle University Boat Club.  Having joined as a novice last year he has really enjoyed the sport and looks forward to improving within the senior squad and representing NUBC in future races. Toby is responsible for organising the socials for the club and is hoping that events still to come such as Jim London Memorial Dinner, Durham Pub Crawl and Annual Dinner will be better than ever




Sponsorship – Thomas Waite 

Thomas is in his 3rd year, studying Surveying and Mapping Science. He is currently in the senior men’s squad having started rowing in his first year as a novice. He is currently the clubs sponsorship secretary and in his spare time studying for his HNC in mayhem having studied under the most senior Professor in mayhem Steven Nile.







Kit and Safety Team – Andrew Corrigan & Murray Wilkojc 

Murray is in his 2nd year of rowing at NUBC having started to row quite a few years ago at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. He had an enjoyable and reasonably successful first year at the club where he got to race in a number big events for the first time and is looking forward to the year ahead, where he hopes to be part of a successful Newcastle Senior Men’s squad.


Andrew is in his 3rd year of civil and structural engineering degree and his 3rd year of rowing. he started rowing competitively at NUBC in first year and quickly progressed on Angelos programme. last year he had a reasonably successful year coming 3rd at final trials in the single, but unfortunately missed out on a place in the u23 eight. Andrew had a successful BUSA regatta winning 3 gold’s in all 3 sculling events and ended the season with a pleasing win in U23 single at National Championships before taking time out to recover from a knee injury. Andrew is sereii looking forward for the year ahead and like Murray hopes to be part of a very successful Newcastle Senior Men’s Squad.



Projects Officer – Abby Johnston 

Abby is in her 2nd year at university studying Modern Languages. Having rowed for 5 years at school level, with successes at national and international level, she went straight into the Senior squad on arriving and had a promising first year winning 2 golds, 2 bronze and a silver at BUSA regatta and qualifying for the European University Championships. Abby hopes to improve upon these results this year, and would also like to attend Great Britain trials.

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