Cambridge College Boat Clubs celebrate new arrivals

29 May 2013

Dame Veronica Sutherland, DBE, CMG, President of Lucy Cavendish College, 2001-2008, has made the generous donation for the commissioning of a new craft. A former British diplomat from 1965 until 1999 with a fascinating career spanning postings from Scandinavia to the Ivory Coast, culminating in her role as Ambassador to Ireland, Dame Veronica is a generous donor and supporter of rowing at Lucy Cavendish. Of the donation she said: “I am delighted to give a much needed boost to women’s rowing in Cambridge with the donation for a new Lucy Cavendish boat, in addition this is a fitting tribute to my late father, a keen sportsman".

It will be called ‘Speedwell’, the alternative name for the plant Veronica, an appropriate name for a racing boat; Speedwell doubles the fleet for Lucy Cavendish College, adding to their existing boat Lady Charlotte.

Meanwhile Hughes Hall will take receipt of ‘Dr William Squire’, donated by Mrs Sarah Squire, President of Hughes Hall and herself a former British Diplomat. A special naming of the boats and launch ceremony will be held on Saturday, 8 June at Emmanuel College Boathouse, attended by Dame Veronica and Mrs Sarah Squire. The Boat Club crews will then take the boats onto the Cam for the first time, with demonstration rows past the boathouse. Lucy Cavendish Boat Club President Kate Stevens says: “For many of our rowers, myself included, the Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club has been a defining and very positive aspect of our college experience. I'm thrilled to see the new boat and blades arriving in Lucy Cavendish colours, as this donation provides valuable equipment to match our ambitions for the club. On behalf of all the Boat Club, we'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dame Veronica for her continued generous support of rowing at Lucy Cavendish College."

Mrs Sarah Squire, President of Hughes Hall says:  “I'm very pleased to be able to provide our college rowers with a boat worthy of their skill and determination, and to name it in honour of my husband. We both much admire their enthusiasm, and we'll certainly be on the river bank to cheer them on at this year's May Bumps." President of Hughes Hall Boat Club Matthew Parkinson says: "This is an exciting time for Hughes Hall Rowing Club. The past few years have brought an ever-increasing membership and much success on the water, despite limited equipment. This year however, the men’s squad's future looks brighter than ever. With our College President Sarah Squire's exceptionally generous gift of Dr William Squire, a fast Stampfli eight, we hope that many Hughes Hall rowers will be able to represent their college at an ever higher level. We would like to thank Mrs Squire for her support over the years, and especially for this gift which will benefit the club for many years to come."

Notes to Editors:

Lucy Cavendish is the only over 21, all female college in the country and the women who attend it have usually made a clear decision to transform their lives in some way.  The College is particularly strong in Medicine and Veterinary Studies, Law, Engineering, and English. Our President, Professor Janet Todd
OBE, is an internationally-renowned scholar of early women writers and author of many biographies and critical works.

Hughes Hall is the oldest of the University of Cambridge’s 6 graduate colleges. Together, the graduate colleges admit about 35% of all graduate students in the University. We are a growing community that began life with a history of pioneering in the provision of education to women teachers. These days we are proud of the diversity of nationalities and academic subjects represented among the 500-550 men and women who now make up our student body covering all the degrees offered at Cambridge.

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