Its 5:30 in the morning, the cool wind rushes past your face and the ocean water crashes at your feet, what are you doing to keep warm? If you’re a Rower at the University of British Columbia, you need not worry. While the others are soaking in their sandals and sneakers, the UBC Rowers are out there kicking it comfortably in their Blundstone Boots!
As our latest brand ambassadors, the UBC Rowing Team arrive at the regattas decked out in their Blundstone Boots, ready to take on whatever wicked weather gets thrown their way.
In the early morning hours, while other students are tucked away in their dorm rooms sleeping off the night before, the UBC Rowing Team is out there training before class in the cool, wet Vancouver conditions. That kind of dedication and perseverance is something we can proudly stand behind-through rain, sleet or snow, you will find this passionate bunch competing and training out on the water!
With sheer determination and hard work, the UBC Thunderbirds have built one of the finest rowing teams in the country, and one of the best in UBC history. Their excellence has garnered them a number of medals over the years. In November 2016, the men’s team won the national title at the Canadian University Rowing Championships, their second in three years; and in October of the same year, the women’s team won the women’s eight at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships for the fourth year in a row! They are not only cleaning up the competition, but doing it comfortably in style.
In addition to the success they’ve achieved nationally, members of the team have also competed internationally, with some of them representing our great country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2015 Pan American in Toronto. Throughout their success, Crew Member Miranda Kirker has grown to enjoy the “image [of their] put together, matching team standing with medals around their neck” every time they take their spot, standing high and dry on the podium.
Given the mucky, sometimes unpredictable, conditions of their regattas they can take comfort in knowing their boots are waiting for them at the finish line. Who needs a hot cup of cocoa when you’ve got comfort like that?