Rowing Sport


An Island woman will be taking to the River Thames in less than 2 weeks’ time for the annual University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.

Sophie Wrixon, from Sandown, will be taking part in the Reserve race on Saturday 24th March as part of Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club’s boat, ‘Blondie’. Sophie will be Cox.

Sophie began coxing with Shanklin and Sandown Rowing Club, winning at a variety of regattas around the South Coast. She then spent 4 years at Exeter University completing a First Class Masters in Mathematics as well as coxing for Exeter University Boat Club. While at Exeter Sophie won many prestigious events including BUCS Head 2015 and 2016 and she also represented the university with the GB U-23 rowing squad, for which she was awarded her colours. Sophie has also achieved her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.

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Alongside her demanding studies at Cambridge (Darwin) for an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management, Sophie has been training early mornings and evenings, almost daily, since September and participating in regular competitions.

Proud parents Jonathan and Naomi Wrixon will be attending this year’s Boat Races with more interest than usual.

Now named the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, the Women’s Boat Race is at 16:30 followed by the Women’s Reserve Race (Osiris v Blondie) at 16:45. The Men’s Reserve Race (Isis v Goldie) will take place at 17:00 ahead of the Men’s Boat Race at 17:30.

Sophie is thrilled to have been selected to cox the Blondie boat and says:

“I am so proud to be representing Cambridge University. It is such an amazing opportunity”.

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