Kirstin Bilham

I strongly believe that being a student-athlete helped me to learn academic and organisational skills which will carry me through the next stages of life and career.

Rowing

I was lucky enough to get a Berrow Foundation Scholarship in 2010 which covered my MSc and part of my DPhil in Biology at the University of Oxford, and Lincoln College. This enabled me to move from Switzerland to pursue my career in science. I learnt to row at Lincoln College Boat Club (LCBC), during my MSc, and continued this into my DPhil. After catching the rowing bug, I went to row for the Oxford University Lightweight Women’s Rowing Club. With the help of the Lincoln Blues Fund, which allowed me to finance training camps and enough warm kit to get me through freezing training sessions at 6am, I was able to race against Cambridge in the Lightweight Women’s Boat Race in 2014 and 2016, both won by Oxford. I also returned to LCBC to row each year in Summer Eights. I am now applying my rowing experience to coaching LCBC women’s side while I complete the final stages of my DPhil. I strongly believe that being a student-athlete helped me to learn academic and organisational skills which will carry me through the next stages of life and career.

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