Lou studied for her undergraduate degree in Geography from 2016; Fitz encouraged her to begin rowing, a sport which became hugely important for her - despite her preconception that it was an ‘elitist’ sport.
The Oxbridge boat races are presumed to be reserved for 'Hugo's' from Eton, or international athletes from prestigious undergraduate courses like Harvard or Yale. 'Elitist', 'private school sport', 'I won't fit in'... are all ideas I thought of with regard to rowing before university. I gave rowing a go at Fitz in Freshers' term and haven't looked back since. Training for the CUWBC lightweights I made the lightweight blue boat in the 2018/19 campaign, medalled and BUCS three times, and represented British Universities at the European University Games in Coimbra 2018.
You don't have to be posh, privately educated and pronounce bath as 'barth' to row, you just have to be passionate about your sport and happy to go with the flow. Without Fitz I couldn't have rowed for Cambridge, the Paul Day Fund and John Adams fund enabled me to cover the costs of trialling (including accommodation, training camps, subs and kit). I learnt to row as a Fresher at Fitz and will always be a proud 'Billygoat' from now on!