LOCAL interest in Sunday’s Boat Races centred on Felix Newman, bowman in the victorious Cambridge crew, whose
LOCAL interest in Sunday’s Boat Races centred on Felix Newman, bowman in the victorious Cambridge crew, whose home is in Christmas Common, writes Robert Treharne Jones.
The third year engineering student at Selwyn College had been determined to seek revenge after successive defeats in the Isis-Goldie reserves race.
The Light Blues turned over an Oxford run of success, and Newman reflected on the atrocious conditions.
Speaking after the race Newman said: “It’s hard to make a lot of distance when the water’s so bad and I must have missed a lot of strokes, but you’ve just got to get stuck in, get in front and slog through it.”
But Cambridge had had more than their fair share of rough conditions in training and were prepared for the worst.
Newman added: “Before I went to Cambridge two guys from my school went to Oxford and told me I’d never win the Boat Race â€“ I proved them wrong.”
Abingdon School, where Newman was Captain of Boats, had won the triple in 2012, including the Schools Head, the National Schools Regatta, and the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley.
Back home in Christmas Common his parents, Manel and John, reflected on their son’s success.
Manel said: “I’m so proud of him — he started training for this at the end of June, but missed three weeks in the autumn because of illness. He just dug in and worked even harder to get selected.
“It’s so different to schools rowing â€“ it really is brutal.”