Jesus College Boat Club is a rowing club for members of Jesus College,
Oxford, one of the colleges of the University of Oxford. The club was
formed in 1835, but rowing at the college predates the club's
foundation: a boat from the college was involved in the earliest
recorded races between college crews at Oxford in 1815, when it
competed against a crew from Brasenose College. In the early years of
rowing at Oxford, Jesus was one of the few colleges that participated
in races. A number of college members have rowed for the university
against Cambridge University in the Boat Race and the Women's Boat
Race. Barney Williams, a Canadian rower who studied at the college, won
a silver medal in rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and participated
in the Boat Race in 2005 and 2006. Other students who rowed while at
the college have achieved success in other fields, including John
Sankey, who became Lord Chancellor, and Alwyn Williams, who became
Bishop of Durham. The college boathouse, which is shared with Keble
College's boat club, dates from 1964 and replaced a moored barge used
by spectators and crew-members.
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