Eleanor Wood

"I never considered coxing before joining Newcastle University, where I was first introduced to Rowing. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the novice squad as a rower and absolutely loved being a part of the boat club. Not long after I joined, I realised that I would be better suited to coxing given my height (5’3”)!!

It was safe to say that I was a complete novice when it came to coxing but you soon learn and pick up the tricks of the trade. It was the best decision I made as I really enjoyed working with crews to find what calls worked, how I could help the rowers individually and how we could succeed as a team. Coxing goes beyond the water and I would attend training sessions to help coach and support my crew.

I was incredibly lucky in first year and had the opportunity to cox a men’s 4+ at HRR – something that was completely new to me, and what an experience! I learnt so much from them and somehow managed to get the nickname ‘Lizzie’ along the way. Every crew I coxed from then on was special, each with its own dynamic and specific calls that were unique to the individual rowers.

There are so many highlights for me but a few in particular included multiple wins at BUCS Head and Regatta with two golds in my final year, racing against the Oxford Blues boat, a top 20 finish at WeHORR and the pinnacle was winning Henley Women’s Regatta in 2016. All the early mornings and the hard work we had put into training not only in the racing crew, but all year, was absolutely incredible. I can't put into words how proud I am of what we achieved together.  It was a personal privilege to lead the crew to a win in my final race for NUBC, I couldn't have asked for a better end to my Newcastle career if I tried! Coxing and being part of NUBC has given me so much more than I could have ever asked for – lifelong friends and a very special community that continues to play a huge part in my life."