The Tilburg Student rowing association was founded on the 2nd October in 1961. Nine students from Tilburg got together at Café den Heuvel for the founding meeting of T.S.R. Vidar. Especially the, back then, third-year student Ton Swarttouw had taken the lead. Because of his knowledge as a helmsman at De Delftsche Sport he was enthusiastic. Together with Elly Janssen from the Groningsche rowing association de Hunze, he taught the first group of Vidraten the principles of rowing. The boats were financed by the members themselves, as was the accommodation – a shed at Roessel’s farm. The beginning was hard but through a lot of enthusiasm and commitment the association grew. A large number of traditions, such as the Vidar-blazer and the introduction of the ‘zwamvraag’ are from that time.

Vidar grows

In the sixties, Vidar moved to a new shed near the Koningshoeven after being at the barn of the farmer van Roessel and after being in an old brick factory. In 1966 Martin Fox, Loek Boonenkamp and Philip van Eekeren won the first medal for Vidar in a 2+ competition at the ARB. The number of members increased and even a house was inhabited by no fewer than nineteen members.

Just after the second anniversary, however, Rijkswaterstaat announced that the shed at the Koningshoeven had to be demolished and, to make matters worse, it was even proposed at the General Members Meeting to cancel Vidar. Fortunately, the members of that time decided to make an effort for Vidar and that brought Vidar back on top.

New location

Since the early 1970s, Rijkswaterstaat had plans to dig a new four-lane rowing course near the Beekse Bergen. It was therefore an easy decision to choose where Vidar could be housed again. The new warehouse was festively opened in 1979 at the location where Vidar is still located today. In the same year, a milestone was also achieved in the rowing field: the first Vidar gaze among the ladies was a fact. The following year the international breakthrough immediately followed. Walter dan Bemand and Eduard Dormans rowed in the 2- in for example Dortmund and Ratzenburg and Brigitte van Spaendonck could appear in a ladies 4* at the start in Tours. Inge van der Putten achieved the most remarkable performance by racing out of the blue in the national Ladies 8+ and she was allowed to debut at world championships, where they came in sixth. Two years later she managed to qualify for the World Cup again and with her Ladies 8 she won the first international title in the history of Vidar.
In 1979, the first Vidar house was also established at the first drink of Vidar.

  • 1979
    Opening new shed at Watersportbaan Tilburg
    First Vidar medal for ladies
    Participation World Cup Inge van der Putten
    Establishment of the first VIdar house
  • 1981
    Participation World Cup Inge van der Putten
  • 1988
    Participation World Cup Robert Paul Prijt and Peter Klomp
  • 1989
    Participation World Cup Robert Paul Prijt and Peter Klomp
  • 1992
    Establishment of first fraternity at Vidar
  • 1995
    Participation World Cup Astrid van Koert
  • 1996
    Olympische Spelen voor Astrid van Koert
    Seventh Lustrum 
  • 1997
    Participation World Cup Jeroen-Bart Hilckmann, Bas Hilckmann and Jeroen de Zwart
    Participation Henley Royal Regatta Joost 't Hart and Lucas Melis 
  • 2000
    VIIIth Lustrum
  • 2002
    Participation World Cup Monique ten Buur
    Silver medal at the World Cup in München for Monique ten Buur
  • 2004
    Participation World Cup Monique ten Buur
  • 2005
    IXe Lustrum 'Toonaangevend'
  • 2006
    Golf medal at the European Student Championships for the LM4
  • 2007
    FISU EK in the national team for Janine Vermeulen
  • 2008
    Bronze medal at FISU EC for Kaya de Lange
    Bronze medal at the World Championship for Diereick van den Bouwhuijsen
    First participation main number on the Varsity
    Joeri Bruschinski and Diederick van den Bouwhuijsen are named Tilburg sports team of the year
  • 2009
    Joeri Bruschinski and Diederick van den Bouwhuijsen won the gold medal at the World Cup in Lucerne
  • 2010
    Xth Lustrum 'Ad Infinitum'
    Establishment of the regional Talent Center Rowing North Brabant
  • 2011
    Participation in the World Championship for Joeri Bruschinski and Arnoud Greidanus
    First edition Tilburg University Cantus
  • 2013
    Board Bouwman wins at the Aegon Besturenbokaal 
    Construction of the new building has been completed
  • 2014
    Bronze medal FISU World Championship for Sjoerd Dijkstra
    Participaion in the FISU World Championship for Dirk Adriaanse and Wouter Borghs
    Silver medal for the Dev4- at the European Universities Games
    Silver medal for the LWDev4x at the European Universities Games
    Bronze medal for Sjoerd Dijkstra at the European Universities Games
  • 2015
    XIth Lustrum 'Metamorfose'
    Participation Universiade in South Korea by the Brabant Eight
    Participation Universiade in South Korea by Amber Kraak
  • 2016
    Fourth place in the main number on the Varsity
    Gold for Amber Kraak at the World Cup under 23
    Participation World Rowing Cup III in Poznan by Amber Kraak
    Participation World Rowing Cup III in Poznan by Koen van Brussel
    Participation FISU World Championship by Wouter Withagen and Wouter Borghs
    Victory in het Aegon Development Ranking by the Dev4-
    Victory at the Dutch Indoor Rowing Championship byJochem Kostelijk
  • 2017
    Amber Kraak and Wouter Withagen are rowing for the Dutch Rowing Federation
    Nice fifth place at the World Cup I in Belgrade by Wouter Withagen
    Participation European Rowing Championships by Amber Kraak
    Participation World Cup III by Koen van Brussel
    Seventh place at the World Cup under 23 by Jochem Kostelijk
    Participation European University Games in Serbia by LDev4-
    Participation European University Games in Serbia by Koen van Brussel
  • 2018
    Amber Kraak is rowing for the Dutch Rowing Federation
    Bronze for Koen van Brussel at the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne
    Fourth place at the European Universities Games in Portugal for the Dev4-
    Fifth place at the FISU World Championship in Shangai by Jochem Hoekstra and Jochem Kostelijk
    Bronze for Thomas van Tussenbroek at the FISU World Championship in Shanghai 
    Participation European Championship in Glasgow by Amber Kraak
    Bronze for Koen van Brussel at the European Championship in Glasgow

T.S.R. Vidar

Beekse Bergen 5
5041 NJ   Hilvarenbeek