Minerva Bath Rowing Club

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Minerva Bath Rowing Club
Location Newbridge, Bath
Home water River Avon
Founded 1914 (1914)
Affiliations BR
Alkmaar Rowing Club
Website www.minervabathrc.org.uk
Notable members
Arnold Cooke, Klaus Riekemann

Minerva Bath Rowing Club is a rowing club in Bath, England

The Club[edit]

The club was founded in 1914 as Bath Ladies Boat Club (BLBC). It is one of the earliest women's rowing clubs in England and had strong links with the suffragette movement in the city. This association is still represented with the club's colours of violet and gold.[1] In 1992 it merged with City of Bath Rowing Club to bring the club into its present form.

Minerva Bath Rowing gained a great deal of positive publicity during the London 2012 Olympic Games when Helen Glover; a product of the British Rowing START program who learnt to row at Minerva won a Gold Medal with Heather Stanning in the Women's Coxless Pairs at Eton Dorney. Minerva also counts among its active members Olympians Arnold Cooke who competed at Tokyo 1964 and Klaus Riekemann who competed at Rome 1960. They are still rowing and have competed in the World Masters in 2012.[2] Minerva is Sport England Clubmark accredited which means it has demonstrated awareness of child protection and safety, along with providing quality coaching, equal opportunities and good management.[3] The club is also a participant in the Mentoring Plus, a youth crime prevention project working with vulnerable young people, living in Bath and North East Somerset.


Minerva Bath is based in Newbridge, Bath in Bath, Somerset, England with its home water on the River Avon. The club moved to its present site in 2005, putting in place a boathouse built entirely by its membership. A second boathouse was built in 2010 and named after Arnold Cooke.[4] The club shares its facilities with the University of Bath Boat Club and the British Rowing START Program.

Notable members[edit]

Notable members include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Minerva Bath History". Minerva Rowing Club. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Minerva members mark veterans' golden outing". Bath Chronicle. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clubmark". British Rowing. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "WAGS News" (PDF). British Rowing. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Welcome". Minerva Rowing Club. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Rose, Neil (24 March 2013). "Minerva Bath rower Helen Glover wins gold at Sydney World Cup meet". This is Bath. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cooke serves up a record rowing performance". This is Bath. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013.