Loughborough Alumni


9 Apr 2019

Alumna helps Cambridge sail to victory in the Boat Race

Pippa Whittaker was part of the Cambridge team which stormed to victory on Sunday in the 165th Boat Race. 

The Light Blues won by five lengths to take the title, their third victory in a row and their 44th in the competition’s history.

Pippa, who graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Mathematics, began rowing as a teenager. She made her first Team GB appearance in 2006, after just a year of competing, before taking three gold medals in the Coupe de la Jeunesse for Team GB in 2009.

She went on to win the BUCS Championship for Loughborough during her time at the University. She also won gold in the women’s fours at the World University Games, and the single and double sculls at the 2014 Commonwealth Regatta.

Pippa now studies an MFin in Finance at Cambridge’s Christ College, allowing her to continue her rowing. Her brother, Rob, also attended Loughborough, graduating in 2014 with a BSc in Criminology and Social Policy.

Cambridge’s women’s reserves also won by the same distance in the reserve race, whilst the men won back-to-back victories for the first time in 20 years after beating Oxford by just two seconds.

Congratulations to Pippa on her achievement.

Picture: Keith Heppell

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