It is with great sadness that we announce that OUWLRC Assistant coach Jill Betts has taken the decision not to continue in her post for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Jill has been involved with OUWLRC for nine years, with the first two as an athlete, competing in the 2011 and 2012 Lightweight Boat Races in the Blue Boat. After her two seasons as an athlete, she continued to be involved with the club as Assistant Coach as well as a member of the Executive Committee.
Jill’s continued and unwavering commitment to OUWLRC has always gone far beyond her formal role. With one of her main priorities as a coach being athlete welfare, Jill could always be relied on to provide a friendly face or a word of encouragement. On the water, she is famous for some launch dancing (usually while sporting a particularly cosy wooly hat), questionable drills (that always seem to do the job), and suggesting that it might be time to stop faffing and “proceed”.
She will continue in her position on our Executive Committee, and will revive the post of Senior Welfare Officer, a post close to her heart that she has previously held for several years.
From athletes past and present, and the rest of the Executive Committee, we want to thank Jill for her dedication to the club and wish Jill all the best for her final year of medical school. We look forward to sharing many more years supporting OUWLRC by her side, now from the banks rather than on the river.