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Two Girton students selected to represent the University of Cambridge in the Women's Blue Boat and Goldie Men's Reserve Boat at The Gemini Boat Race 2024

(L-R): Orlando Morley (2021, History) and Hannah Murphy (2023, MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society)

The Gemini Boat Race returns on Saturday 30 March 2024, and we are delighted that two Girton students have been selected to represent the University of Cambridge this year.


We spoke to Orlando Morley and Hannah Murphy about what inspired them to start rowing and their ambitions for this year.

Orlando Morley (2021, History) 

Orlando Morley, a third-year undergraduate student, will form part of the crew on this year's Cambridge Men's Reserve Boat (Goldie) in the Goldie v Isis race.

Orlando said, I rowed at a lot a school, and it was on my mind when I applied to Cambridge. I’ve watched The Boat Race since I can remember, and it means a lot as my Dad also trained with Cambridge University Boat Club, and so it’s always be a dream of mine to row in The Boat Race. I’ve won the Goldie Isis race on the Thames, and that’s always been something I’ve been pretty proud of because it was the culmination of years and years of effort and doing that with my friends is a really great memory. My aspiration for this year is to win the race again, and be unbeaten.

Boat Race History

  • 2022 – Cambridge Men’s Lightweight Boat
  • 2023 – Cambridge Men’s Reserve Boat (Goldie)

Goldie crew photograph: Nordin Catic

Hannah Murphy, (2023, MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society) 

Postgraduate student Hannah Murphy, from the USA, will cox the Cambridge Women's Blue Boat.

Hannah said: I initially joined rowing because the rowing club was just around the corner from my house and the summer camp sounded fun. Since starting the sport 12 years ago, I've been exposed to opportunities I never thought possible - most recently leading me to Girton College at the University of Cambridge where I’m studying a Masters of Philosophy in Health, Medicine, and Society. Trialling for Cambridge University Boat Club has been unique to any other rowing experience I’ve had, with everything building to just one day and one opportunity, but the relationships we have built will continue on years past the race on 30 March. I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such strong, wonderful women and can’t wait to keep the light blue streak alive this year.



The Gemini Boat Race Schedule:

  • 11am - Fan Parks open
  • 2:46pm - 78th Women's Boat Race
  • 3:01pm - Osiris v Blondie Race
  • 3:16pm - Isis v Goldie Boat Race
  • 3:46pm - 169th Men's Boat Race

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The Girton College Boat Club began as a women’s boating society in 1906 and has been rowing since 1918. 

The welcoming GCBC spirit of inclusivity and community continues to this day. The Boat Club encourages all college members to try rowing at Girton, regardless of fitness or ability. All you need is a positive can-do attitude and they will do the rest! 

Almost all of the College’s senior rowers had never rowed before coming to Girton and every rower will have the opportunity to either race for Girton or the University Boat Clubs. 

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