Lucy Cavendish student through to finals of World Rowing Championships

28 September 2017

Melissa Wilson (Law) has qualified to race in the finals of the World Rowing Championships in Florida this weekend. She will row in the British Women’s Pair with Downing College student, Holly Hill.

Melissa and Holly are part of the 64 strong Team selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida between 24 September and 1 October 2017.

Speaking on their selection, Melissa said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be selected for our first Senior World Championships. We were really inspired by the calibre of competition out in Lucerne at the last World Cup and have been looking to build on our result in the GB Final Trials to see how far we can take this combination. After such a memorable year in the Cambridge squad we are eager to see what we can do now.”

Melissa and Holly have just returned from a three-week training camp in Italy, where they were training in conditions similar to those expected in Florida.

On a quick visit back to College, Melissa said:

“It’s been fun training over the summer but the pressure is building now. We’re getting faster and it’s a fast event.

I’m looking forward to returning to Lucy Cavendish once the competition is over. Keep your fingers crossed for us!”

Melissa rowed as Stroke for Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club at the Cancer Research Boat Race 2017, in a boat with fellow Lucy Cavendish student Myriam Goudet. It was the first time since 2012 that Cambridge have won the Women’s Boat Race, and they completed in the record time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Live audio commentary and live race tracker will be available for all races on You can watch the action for yourself on BBC Sport with highlights on BBC 2.

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