SUBC is amongst the oldest sporting clubs at Sydney University, and one of the oldest rowing clubs in Australia, having been founded in 1860, when the first race against longtime rivals, Melbourne University Boat Club was held. The Boat Club was one of the five Founding Clubs of Sydney University Sports Union in 1890
In September 2015 this year the club had a major milestone SUBC and SUWRC amalgamated into one club. Another important milestone cam with the completion of the magnificent new Thyne Reid Boatshed at Burns Bay in February 2017.
SUBC has a successful and long history. It is known by many (throughout Australia, and the world) as The Home of Rowing. It has been the beginning of many great rowing careers at university, State, national and international level. Over the last century it has had periods when it has been quite dominant on the national scene. In the early 50s, it was strong – the 1952 Olympic Bronze Medal Eight was filled with SUBC rowers; in the 70s SUBC dominated the men’s heavyweight scene, forming the basis of winning Kings Cup crews, and Australian crews; in the late 90s and currently the Club has developed to be nationally significant in lightweight under 23 rowing and now under in heavyweight rowing. In a very competitive national environment the Club can hold its own well and truly.
SUBC now contributes significant numbers of athletes to the Australian Rowing Team. At the 2008 Olympics six Sydney University rowers represented Australia - two in the men's eight, two in the women's eight and two in the men's four with Francis Hegerty and Matt Ryan winning silver medals in the M4-.In London ten SUBC athletes and coaches were on the team with Brooke Pratley winning silver in the women's double scull. In Rio five athletes and coaches were selected with Sasha Belonogoff and Cam Girdlestone winning silver medals in the men's quad sculls.
Recently SUBC topped the medal table at the 2017 Australian Rowing Championships.
The Sydney University Women's Rowing Club was founded in the 1960's and in 2015 has amalgamated with Sydney University Boat Club to become one club representing men and women. The first Executive Committee of the new club was elected on 16th September 2015 with the President being Steve Newnham and the Vice President Bronwen Watson
Sydney University Boat Club website is a new journey in the long and impressive history of the Club and will allow all those involved and interested in the Club over many years to keep up with all that is happening in the Club. Keep tuned to the website to watch the exploits of our rowers, coxes and coaches from The Home of Rowing.