Founded in 1923, LSERC has always accommodated for all genders, and all abilities. We cater for individuals seeking membership to an active and friendly community, people wishing to seriously compete, as well as students who simply want to maintain fitness.
The LSERC aims to increase access to rowing which, as a highly capital intensive sport, has been unavailable to many students previously (62.5% of our current members did not have access to the sport prior to joining LSE). To us, representation in rowing means the inclusion and promotion of racially diverse, economically diverse and LGBTQIA+ students.
The history of our club could hardly be described as conventional. Having been initially founded in 1923, the Club was dormant from 1977 until its re-establishment in 1991-92 by Dr. Charles E. Ehrlich. Quite the character, Charles named the club The LSE Soviet Socialist Rowing Club! Despite owning virtually no equipment; the club did possess a fleet of distinctly named vessels: “Dictatorship of the Proletariat”, “Mao Tse-Tung”, and “Tyranny of the Majority”. Whilst pursuing his Master’s degree, Charles, with great difficulty, worked to once again establish the club with what little resources he had.Click here for an entertaining account of Charles' tenure as Club Captain (or 'Party Chairman'!)
On the 29th November, LSE Rowing Club held an 'Ergathon' on LSE Campus in aid of Movember. Alongside numerous team members growing moustaches for Movember, we decided, additionally, to partake in 'Move for Movember', with the aim of rowing 500km across 10 hours.
During Michaelmas Term reading week, LSERC were kindly hosted by Queens' College Cambridge for three days of training (and drinking). Despite committee concerns at first about the organisation of the event, the trip was a huge success with no damage caused - if we don’t count livers and immune systems.
On the Thursday 5th May, we welcomed Magdalene (Maggie) Mlynek and Ellen Buttrick, MBE, (both students at the LSE) to give a talk on their experiences as ‘Women in Rowing’ to our members and the wider LSE community. Our Outreach Officer, Oscar Beale, kindly hosted the event.