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Oxford 1997: Who's Who

Ed J Bellamy
President OUBC, Hampton, Durham University and Keble.
Age 25, 6' (1.83m), 12st 12lbs (81kg).
Blue 1996. GB under-23 gold 1993, GB junior bronze 1989. Under 23 international 1991, junior international 1988. Henley Visitors' finalist 1996.
Reading history of science and started rowing at 13 inspired by history teacher Martin Cross (Olympic gold medalist 1984). Likes tennis. First Oxford president to row in Isis in his presidential year.
Sports Star: Jonah Lomu.
Ambition: 'To make the Blue Boat this year because it looks promising.'
Tobias H 'Toby' Ayer
Burlington HS, MIT (USA) and Worcester
Age 22, 6'5" (1.91m), 15st 6lbs (97.50kg).
Head of the Charles winner 1994.
From Burlington, Vermont, studying linguistics. Started rowing at MIT encouraged by his aunt, a community rower. A juggler with Vermont Circus, discus thrower and dragon boater.
Roberto Blanda
Liceo Linguistico, Rome, University of Washington, Seattle and Brasenose.
Age 26, 6'6" (1.98m),15st 9lbs (99.30kg).
Italian Olympic team 1992, 1996, under-23 gold medal 1990, PAC-10 winner 1993-95.
From Rome, started rowing at CC Aniene at 12 years of age. Studying for MSc in educational research. Married, he is the bass guitarist of The Boaters band which includes Foster and Grubor.
Sports stars: Beppe Abbagnale, Nureyev.
Ambition: to coach a black eight to Olympic gold.
Andrea Codemo
Pavia University and Hertford.
Age 25, 6'31/2" (1.92m), 15st 8lbs (98.97kg).
Italian world championship team 1995-96. Under-23 gold medal 1990, bronze medal 1992. Italian junior international 1989.
From Treviso studying social administration, likes 'to read, to stay with friends, and watch movies', wind surfing, basketball.
Ambition: to win Olympic Games.
Alexander Vaughan 'Alex' Cooper
Eton and Lincoln.
Age 19, 6' 2" 13st 10lbs (87kg).
GB national junior champion 1994, three national Schools titles 1996.
Historian from Sheffield. Eton first rugby XV. Father an Olympic oarsman and Blue.
Sports star: Eric Bristow.
Thomas N Flemming.
Magdalen College School Oxford, Trinity Camb. and Magdalen.
Age 26, 6'3" (1.90m), 13st 9lbs (86.50kg).
Isis 1995-96.
Philosopher from Oxford who learned to row at Trinity College, Cambridge. Superstition: fear of superstitions.
Daren P Forward
Westcliff High School and Magdalen.
Age 24, 6'3" (1.90m), 14st 7lbs (92kg).
Isis 1996, started rowing at Oxford.
A medic from Basildon who likes Formula One motor racing.
Sports star: Jonny Searle.
Favourite food: TRB (tuna, rice and beans).
Tim J C Foster.
Bedford Modern, University of London and St Cross.
Age 27, 6'3" (1.90m), 14st 3lbs (90kg)
Bronze medal, Olympic Games 1996. World champs silver 1995, bronze 1994, 1991, 1989. Junior gold medalist 1987-88. Henley Grand winner 1991.
Reads social studies and plays in The Boaters with Grubor and Blanda.
Home town: Bedford, where his brother is captain of Star Club.
Sports Star: Glen Hoddle when he played for Spurs.
P Alexander Greaney.
Abingdon School and St Edmund Hall.
Age 21, 5'11" (1.80m), 8st 7lbs (54kg).
Cox of Isis 1995-96, GB junior international 1993.
From Abingdon, he is studying metallurgy.
Luka Grubor.
Matematicka Gimnazija, Zagreb, Imperial College and Somerville.
Age 23, 6'6" (1.98m), 15st 10lbs (99.80kg).
Croatian national team 1993-95, under-23 gold medalist 1993, junior international 1991, Henley Grand winner 1996, Ladies' Plate 1992.
From Zagreb studying social studies. Plays in The Boaters band with Foster and Blanda.
Sports star: Emil Zatopek, Nigel Benn.
Favourite food: 'Treacle tarts with custard. I love tarts in general.'
Charlie P A Humphreys.
Hampton and Oriel.
Age 20, 6'4" (1.93m) 13st (82.50kg).
Secretary of OUBC. Isis 1996. Junior international 1995, 1996, Visitors' finalist 1996.
From Laleham, Surrey, studies biochemistry and likes sailing.
Ambition: to row round the world.
Jordan Irving.
T.C. Williams High School, Yale USA and Keble.
Age 23, 6'4" (1.93m), 13st 12lbs (88kg).
Under-23 bronze for USA 1995.
Born at Niagara Falls, home town Alexandria, Virginia, reading social studies, interested in pool, swimming, golf and all outdoor activities.
Andrew J R Lindsay.
Eton and Brasenose.
Age 20, 6'1" (1.85m), 14st 2lbs (90kg).
Junior bronze 1994, Princess Elizabeth winner 1995.
Geographer from Glenuig, Scotland, who plays the pipes and likes skiing. His uncle Alexander Lindsay rowed for Oxford in 1959 and 1960.
Sports star: Eric 'Chariots of Fire' Liddell.
Simon W 'Full Throttle' Lyall-Cottle.
King's School, Chester, Shrewsbury School, and Oriel.
Age 21, 6'4" (1.93m), 14st 2lbs (90kg).
GB under-23 international 1996, GB junior 1993.
Geographer from Chester who started rowing on an ergo as a 14-year -old footballer, and saw the light. County cross-country runner, likes surfing, wind surfing, tennis, wearing stupid clothes, and Pamela Anderson.
James R Micklethwait.
Shrewsbury and University.
Age 20, 5'8", 8st 6lbs (53kg).
GB junior bronze. Thames Cup finalist 1996.
Modern historian from Chepstow. Likes sculling and sailing.
Superstition: never wear light blue.
Ambition: cox a winning Boat Race crew and eat for England.
Nick J Robinson.
Hampton and Lincoln.
Age 19, 6'6" (1.98m), 13st 10lbs (87kg).
GB junior international 1995, National Schools double gold medalists 1996, Princess Elizabeth finalist 1995, Coupe de la Jeunesse gold 1994.
From Hampton Hill, reading chemistry, likes skiing, skydiving and fast food.
Sports star: Eric Cantona.
Superstition: lucky pair of socks.
Ambition: to give up rowing once he's won the Boat Race.
James B Roycroft.
Eton and Keble.
Age: 19, 6'6" (1.98m),14st (88.90kg).
Isis 1996, GB junior international 1995.
Modern historian from Thruxton.
Likes chicken bhuna.
Favourite sports star: Guin Batten.
Stuart J Williams.
King's College School, Wimbledon and Worcester.
Age 20, 6'4" (1.93m), 13st 3lbs (83.90kg).
From Kingston studying German and Russian, interested in sailing, tennis, German romantic poetry and Russian classical music.
Trains on malt loaf.
Ambitions: to sail round the world and be ambassador to Moscow.
Favourite sportsman: yachty Sir Peter Blake.

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