OM Sarah Winckless MBE becomes the first ever woman to have officiated The University Boat Race

On Easter Sunday, OM Sarah Winckless MBE (1990-1992; Orchard Leigh) was the first woman to officiate The Boat Race, a well-known set of annual rowing races between the Cambridge University and the Oxford University Boat Clubs. The race usually takes place on the River Thames but this year it was on the River Great Ouse.

This event has been running, and officiated by males, for 166 years so Sarah’s achievement is a truly inspirational and impactful one.

In the 2004 Athens Olympics, Sarah won a bronze medal for rowing and, in 2005, she was crowned a World Champion in rowing.

Whilst at Millfield, Sarah made the most out of the sport opportunities and developed her athletic skills. Whilst at university, she discovered a love of rowing and set her sights on the Olympics. Gaining her Olympic medal was something Sarah had been dreaming of for as long as she could remember and, only a year later, she raced in the World Championships in Japan and came first. She is also a motivational speaker and coach and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to sport and young people.

As well as all of this, Sarah is a winner of the annual OM of the Year Award, which is bestowed on OMs who have accomplished great achievements.

She describes her time at Millfield as “an amazing opportunity to develop both my sporting and academic skills and, most importantly, make some fantastic friends!”

A huge congratulations to Sarah for this amazing achievement!

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