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australian rowers profiles and history

David Nelson

University of Queensland Boat Club (QLD) and Cambridge University Boat Club (UK)

David raced successfully in domestic competition and under age World competition whilst studying an honours finance degree at the University of Queensland. He then continued his studies at Cambridge University undertaking a Masters of Arts in finance.

Using his time at Cambridge well, David raced in the blue boat for the Cambridge University Boat Club in The Boat Race in both 2011 and 2012.

 He also became one of the twelve Australians to also take on the role as President of their boat club - in his case in 2012 and for Cambridge of course. This is a great honour for any rower,

David also raced in the "Oxbridge Masters" in 2019, a masters race for full blue rowers from both universities. Sadly for David who raced in the two seat, Oxford took the honours on that day.

David continues to work in finance as Portfolio Manager at the aptly named company Blue Boat Capital.

David on the podium at the 1984 National Championships stroking the UQBC Under 23 Eight

Known rowing record

2000 – GPS Head of the River, 5th place
2001 – National Championships, U19 4-, 2nd place, bow seat
2001 – National Championships, U19 4+, 1st place, bow seat
2001 – Junior World Championships, 4+, 7th place, bow seat
2002 - National Championships, U23 4-, 4th place
2003 - National Championships, U23 4+, 1st place
2003 – Interstate Championships, Kings Cup, 2nd place, 5 seat
2004 – National Championships, U23 8+, Gold, stroke seat
2005 - National Championships, U23 2-, 4th place
2005 - National Championships, U23 4-, 2nd place
2005 – Under 23 World Championships, 8+, 8th place
2006 – Interstate Regatta Kings Cup, 4th place, bow seat
2009 – National Championships, Open 4+, 2nd place, bow seat
2009 – Interstate Championships, Kings Cup, 5th place, 4 seat
2011 – Boat Race, lost to Oxford by 4 lengths, stroke seat (rowed with fellow Australian Hardy Cubash)
2012 – Boat Race, beat Oxford by four and a quarter lengths, 5 seat, (rowed with fellow Australian Alex Scharp)

Flynn Snowden and Andrew Guerin
June 2023


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