History of the Queen's University Ladies Boat Club
- Lydia Docherty, Theresa Woods, Mary Seager and Anne Wardman arrived at the Boathouse on Fresher's Day in 1968, formed a ‘four’ and became the first female crew at QUBBC. With no boats, blades, coaches, or coxes, and a caravan as their only changing facility, the women established QUBLBC in May 1969. The same year, they raced their first regatta (Queen’s Regatta).
- The club (of four) prospered in the seventies – they purchased their first set of blades, purchased their first boat, hired their first coach (Andy Wells) and entered competitions for the first time across Britain and Ireland – Erne Head (1974), Dublin Met (1973), Women’s Head of River in London (1976), BUCs Regatta (1973, Bronze medal). There were several tours and travels across Europe and America – Amsterdam, Romania, Lucerne (1979), Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
- In 1975, the women represented Ireland at Home Internationals for the first time and went onto represent Ireland each year from 1977-1982, winning the Championship in 1977. The ladies won their first University championship in 1983.
- The club began to expand in the eighties, with four’s becoming eights and representation reaching the world stage - in 1985, members of the club represented Ireland in the World Championships for the first time and Northern Ireland in the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
- The early nineties saw the firm establishment of the Annual Ladies Dinner and emergence of the Ladies Alumni Rowing Club.
Rowing at QUBLBC today
- The club continues to grow in numbers, taking between 300-400 freshers every year. The numbers tend to dwindle rapidly after the first few weeks where we hold “taster sessions” for the new students. Following Christmas break each year we tend to have anything between 20-40 novice women and 10-20 senior women. Our membership list for the 2017/2018 season contained 58 novice members and 17 senior members.
- We compete at many of the same events as our predecessors and continue to make a mark from club to elite level. Being affiliated with Rowing Ireland, we aim to support most Irish competitions and regattas, including Bann Head, Erne Head, University Championships, Irish Championships, Cork Regatta and Dublin Met. We continue to send crews to Women’s Head of River, BUCs Head and BUCs Regatta and Women’s Henley.
- We focus on developing our women to trial for national representation. In 2013, four members were selected and represented Britain at World Universities, and we continue to have women selected to represent Ireland at Home Internationals – the past four consecutive years we have had members qualify to represent Ireland at Homes.