British Rowing Coach of the Year Awards 2009

10th February

British Rowing is delighted to announce the winners of the Coach of the Year Awards 2009.

Coaching Team of the Year:

Awarded to the team that has made the most significant impact on the performance and/or development of a group of participants.

Winner:  Walton Rowing Club

Commended: Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Nottingham Rowing Club

The nominations in this category were of a particularly high standard, clearly demonstrating that a well organised team of coaches makes a difference to the whole club, improving the standard of participants in both racing and development sections.

Walton Rowing Club’s well organised team of coaches has had a significant impact on all aspects of club participation. The team’s focus was not just on the athletes but also on the development of their less experienced coaches, their approach featuring the sharing good practice and technical knowledge, including support through club workshops. The strength of their coaching team is reflected in the success of the club, with competition wins across a range of events, including national level regattas, junior GB representation and vibrant veteran, senior men and womens’ squads competing in all the major events. Alongside this, the club has implemented a successfull adult learn to row programme, now having a large group of novice men and women and a waiting list for the learn to row sessions.


Development Coach of The Year:

Awarded to the coach who has made the most significant impact on their local community by providing new opportunities for new groups of people to become involved in the sport of rowing.  We are particularly looking for programmes that have built on good coaching practices, drawn on the resources available to them such as the Learn to Row programmes and has led to a sustainable increase in membership at local clubs.  The award is open to an individual or a team.

Winner: John Green of Tees Rowing Club

John Green has worked tirelessly to develop and coach the Tees Rowing Club + group. The focus of this initiative is lifelong fitness and recovery from illness. The programme has links with the local NHS Primary Care Trust, which is helping to ensure its long term sustainability with financial support for coach education courses.

John has introduced many older people to the sport who would not otherwise have had an opportunity to learn to row. John also supports his Tees RC’s Young People Programme.


Junior Coach of the Year:

Awarded to the coach who has made the most significant impact on the performance or development of School or Junior club crew/s during 2009.

Winner: David Currie of Sir William Borlase’s School

Commended: Tatjana Rozman of Star Club.

David Currie has ‘transformed all aspects of Junior rowing at Sir William Borlase’s School. This year the Club have had success at all levels which includes four medals at the National Schools Regatta and two at the National Championships of Great Britain. These successes have resulted in three club members being selected for Great Britain junior teams. David has achieved this whilst supporting the growth in popularity of the club, which now has over one hundred active members, and overseeing all aspects of club activity. His involvement ranges from managing and building the extensive fleet of club boats, to making the event entries and to developing an effective communication system between club members, parents and the school. David provides an excellent example of how a club coach can operate.


Young Coach of the Year:

On this occasion the panel were unable to make an award in this category.


Senior Coach of the Year:

On this occasion the panel were unable to make an award in this category.


The winners and those receiving commendations have been invited to GB Senior Trials at Dorney Lake in February to receive their awards.

Congratulations to all the winners!