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Twin sisters learning for PhDs at Oxford and Cambridge are set to face off within the 2024 Boat Race as they row for opposing groups for the very first time.

Catherine and Gemma King, 24, are used to competing aspect by aspect since they started rowing on the age of 12, they usually have each competed within the Gemini Boat Race for Cambridge since 2018.

However, this 12 months the pair might be donning totally different colors within the 78th ladies’s race on March 30 after Catherine moved to begin learning for a PhD at Oxford University whereas Gemma remained at Cambridge, the place she can be learning for a PhD.

“We are both very competitive and we obviously want to win, but at the end of the day the Boat Race is so much more than who wins or who loses,” Gemma, who’s learning stem cell biology, instructed PA.

“No matter what happens, I’m going to be really proud to be racing for Cambridge and proud of Catherine for racing for Oxford but obviously we’d like to win.”

“We all train so hard all year, so to see that hard work pay off is really special.”

Catherine, learning cardiovascular science, mentioned: “I’m really looking forward to the Boat Race this year, it’s been a really exciting year for me because I joined the Oxford team.”

“The Boat Race is an amazing experience to be a part of and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do on race day.”

While their groups are set to go face to face, the pair mentioned it’s probably they won’t be racing in opposition to one another, with Gemma on account of compete within the first boat for Cambridge and Catherine within the second boat for Oxford after she took a while off from the game following an harm.

The duo, from Bagshot, Surrey, added that their mother and father, Mike and Liz King, might be supporting each groups and will probably put on hats or t-shirts with each Cambridge’s gentle blue and Oxford’s darkish blue colors.

“They’ve actually joked about getting half-and-half hats but I think at this point it might be more than a joke,” Catherine mentioned.

“They’ll definitely be supporting us both and they come and watch every race.”

The siblings started taking part within the sport once they had been 12, saying it has “become a bigger part of our lives” since then.

“We got into the sport together and I think because we’re both competitive as individuals, as well as with each other, we pushed each other on to become better athletes,” Catherine mentioned.

Gemma added: “We’re always very honest with each other and we’ll tell each other what we’re doing wrong.”

“We’ve always managed to achieve things that people didn’t expect in boats together.”

This 12 months, the Boat Race Company Limited (BRCL) has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation as its official charity associate, a transfer which is significant for Catherine as her PhD is being absolutely funded by the trigger, saying it has “combined the two great loves of my life”.

The partnership can be notably poignant because it follows the demise of former chair of the BRCL Tim Senior, who died of a cardiac arrest in 2023.

To discover out extra, go to: bhf.org.uk/rowingchallenge.