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Poppy Hill

JCBC President & Women's Captain 2019-20

Poppy Hill

(President and women's captain 2019-20)


I am Poppy Hill, this year's JCBC President and Women’s Captain.

I am a 3rd year Classics Student. I learnt to row in my first year at Jesus and am now looking forward to leading the club through this year.

The boat club is the largest society at Jesus College and one of the largest boat clubs on the Cam, with over 100 members. It is historically the most successful of the 31 Cambridge college boat clubs - a reputation we have continued to uphold in recent years. Currently our women are dominating college rowing, in second position on both the Lent and May bumps charts, as well as winning a range of races on and off the Cam. 

Last year they won Fairbairn’s and were the most successful Cambridge college crew at BUCS and Henley. Our men’s side has also been consistently within the top few college crews in recent years, placing 2nd in Fairbairn’s last year. We also have a strong tradition of our students being involved in the Cambridge University squads, with many of our home-grown athletes progressing to the blue boats or reserve boats

JCBC has a team of dedicated coaches, many with experience rowing and coaching the university crews. We provide excellent coaching to both the higher and lower boats creating great depth of ability within the club, often boasting the fastest third or fourth college boats. Most members of our club learnt to row or cox at Cambridge and we welcome any member of college to try it out! We aim to have more crews out on the water than any other club.


We have an impressive fleet which we continually upgrade, including high quality racing VIIIs and IVs, as well as an extensive collection of small boats. We are very lucky to have our full-time Head Coach and Boatman, Jonathan Conder. In addition to coaching the first boats alongside assistant coaches, he works hard to ensure all crews’ boats are in top working order. As well as frequent trips to off-Cam races throughout the year our annual training camp in Spain is a highlight of our training calendar.


The club has the best atmosphere of any society in Jesus, with an incredible team spirit. I have met some of my best friends through JCBC and rowing has given me many of my best experiences at university. The club has an active social calendar including socials, swaps with other colleges and the highlight of each term Boat Club Dinner - a black tie event where we take over the college hall and bar (and then Spoons).


If you would like to join or have any questions email me on jcbc-president@jesus.cam.ac.uk

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