Rowing Blue: Beginner to Boat Race Winner

3rd July 2023 12:00 BST


Competing alongside world-class athletes is tough. And it’s even tougher when you’re a relative newcomer to the game!  

In this inspiring webinar, Cambridge Rower Ben Dyer will delve into the challenges he faced transitioning from long-distance runner to university rower and how he surmounted these hurdles to participate in one of the most prestigious boat races in the world. He’ll discuss his experience of: 

  • Training physiology and how it helped him switch from runner to rower  
  • Working up from Spare to Reserve Crew to Blue Boat in just three seasons 
  • Being the only “novice” on the Boat Race Squad  
  • Rowing alongside and learning from Olympians  
  • Fighting the fatigue brought on by a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis 

If you’re looking to get motivated for our next fitness event, Ben’s story of perseverance, grit and resilience is sure to get you in the competitive spirit. And who knows – you may just be inspired to compete for the top spot on this year’s RigRun International Rowing Leaderboard!  


About the Speaker: 

Ben is a former long-distance runner who turned to rowing while studying at Cambridge University. He gained a wealth of knowledge and experience training alongside double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell and rowing under multiple Olympic coaches during his time on the Boat Race squad. Working his way up from novice to Boat Race winner, he battled with the challenges of lockdown as well as being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He is now passing on the good sporting habits he learned from both running and rowing as Head Men’s Coach for Caius Boat Club.   


Accessing this Webinar:

Join the webinar on 3 July at 12:00 BST here. And if dodgy WiFi gets in the way of you enjoying one of the webinars live, don’t panic. You can watch a full recording of the session later in our archive.   

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