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|St Catherine's College Boat Club|
Boathouse and rowing blade colours
|Home water||The Isis|
|Senior Member||James Bennett|
|University||University of Oxford|
|Affiliations||Robinson College, Cambridge (Sister college)|
In 1868 the University established a society for non-Collegiate students, members of which in 1874 founded St. Catharine's Club; from this sprang St. Catharine's Boat Club (SCBC) in 1875.
In 1919 the Boat Club changed the spelling to St. Catherine, and the precursor to the college became St. Catherine's Society. The Boat Club thus has the distinction of having given its name to both the old Society and the modern College, after which it became the SCCBC.
Fortunes have fluctuated over the years; highlights include 3 crews each making 6 bumps in Eights (1949), and the Women's 1st VIII achieving headship in Torpids in 2007.
In Torpids 2012, the men's first boat was fourth on the river and then were bumped three times, ending seventh. The first boat was then ninth on the river after being bumped in the Summer Eight's.
The club achieved its first Blue in 1967 and first women Blues in 1976.
International representation began with the Commonwealth Games in 1958, and since 1986 SCCBC men and women have regularly filled places in national crews. Matthew Pinsent was the first Olympic Gold associated with the club, winning at the 1992 Summer Olympics.