Old Paulinas Make Boat Race History

May 1, 2015

As many of you will have read, one of the last bastions of gender inequality in sport ended on 11 April when the Women’s Boat Race took place on the same course and same day as the men’s. Female crews representing Oxford and Cambridge rowed the four miles, 374 yards from Putney to Chiswick Bridge for the first time in the 87 years they have competed. Oxford won the race convincingly, and the St Paul’s Girls’ School community is extremely proud that two key members of the crew are OPs, who both began their rowing career here at St Paul’s. Maxie Scheske, who was last year’s boat club captain, was at bow and Jen Ehr was the cox. Maxie commented, ‘The Boat Race had great personal importance to me… but it also played a much more important role in the public and commercial image of women’s sport, highlighting the capabilities, achievements and potential of women competing on an international stage. I am especially proud to have been part of this race knowing that young girls watching from this year on will have concrete role models in the race, something that has so far only been available for boys’.

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