Former Monmouth pupil is Oxford cox in this year's Boat Race

A former student at Monmouth School for Boys will be coxing the University of Oxford in this year's Boat Race on the River Thames. 

Old Monmothian, Jack Tottem (front), with his Oxford rowing crew.


Jack Tottem, (pictured, front) is a former Captain of Boats, Deputy Head Boy and 1st VIII cox at Monmouth.

The Old Monmothian, 20, is now studying History at Brasenose College and will be making his debut for the Dark Blue men's VIII against the University of Cambridge on Sunday 3 April, starting at 15:23.

More than 250,000 spectators will watch the crews racing between Putney and Mortlake on the Championship Course for the 167th Men's Boat Race.

Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Simon Dorman, said: "I am so pleased for Jack; his selection is richly deserved. It is also a great testament to all the brilliant rowing coaching he had while at Monmouth."

Master in Charge of Rowing at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr John Griffiths, said: “This a huge achievement for Jack, a cox, to gain such recognition. We are very proud of him, and his selection is recognition of his talent and the progress that Monmouth School for Boys has made in rowing over the last few years.”

In August 2019, Jack won a gold and silver medal for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Corgeno, Italy. He also had the honour of captaining the GB boys’ team and carried the flag at the opening ceremony. He was joined in Italy by school coach, Mr Paul Williams, whose GB crew also performed well, winning gold and silver medals.