Selwyn College Boat Club was founded alongside the college during the year of 1882, first participating in college bumps during 1883.

For a more complete history of the boat club, please have a look at the free ebook available here by A. P. McEldowney.

During 1933, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (Ran Laurie) started at Selwyn having rowed at school and with Leander Club. As well as rowing for the SCBC 1st VIII, Ran rowed in the CUBC Blue Boat three times, and went on to win an Olympic Gold in the coxless pair for Great Britain in 1948.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Hugh Laurie also rowed whilst at Selwyn. Coming in already having represented Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championships and domestically been runner up in the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta, Hugh rowed both for SCBC and once for CUBC in the boat race. It was only after illness stopped Hugh’s rowing career that he turned to drama, for which he is now well known.

Another Olympic Gold medalist came in the form of Richard Budgett, having started rowing at Radley College. Denied the opportunity to race against Oxford for unknown reasons (his talent was undeniable), Richard won his gold in the coxed fours at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and is now Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympics (as of 2009).

Several members of SCBC have also been successful at both university and international level:


(Blondie is the CUWBC reserve crew, Goldie is the CUBC reserve crew and Granta is the CULRC reserve crew)

1990: Vanessa Cook, CUWBC Blue Boat (cox)

1992: Paula Hodgson, Blondie

1993: Emma Grogono, Blondie

1994: Emma Grogono, Blondie

1999: Jenny Baker, Blondie

2000: Mark Snowball, Goldie, GB Under 23 IV Nations’ Cup (cox)

2002: Graham Brook, Granta

2003: Emily Beach, Blondie

2005: Lisa Taylor, Blondie

2005: Dyfan Howells, CULRC Blue Boat (cox)

2009: Helen Hodges, Goldie (cox)

2012: Eleanor Wigham, Blondie

2012: Emma Copham, CUWBC Lightweights

2013: Lizzie Johnstone, CUWBC Spare

2013: Alexandra Kamins, CUWBC Lightweights

2014: Will McDermott, Blondie (cox)

2014: Hannah Evans, Blondie

2015: Hannah Evans, CUWBC Blue Boat

2015: Felix Newman, Goldie

2015: Charlie Cullen, CULRC Blue Boat

2016: Felix Newman, CUBC Blue Boat

2016: Charlie Cullen, CULRC Blue Boat

2017: Felix Newman, Goldie

2017: Sam Pettinger-Harte, Granta

Even after leaving college our rowers achieve elite performances: both Naomi Siddall and Charlotte Dalton have trialled for Great Britain and Charlotte now strokes the Thames Rowing Club first VIII.

(We appreciate photos of old crews that we can add to our galleries, please contact us if you have any you would like to send us)