Meet the 2016-18 Stewards’ Charitable Trust coaches

Six coaches have been awarded Stewards’ Charitable Trust funding to pursue their higher education while also coaching rowing in their local community


British Rowing’s Director of Pathway Development, Rosie Mayglothling is pleased to introduce the Stewards’ Charitable Trust coaches for 2016-2018. Below is a brief profile of the coaches and the areas where they will be based.


Miki Dale – Glasgow

Course: MA Community Development, University of Glasgow

Miki is a recent convert to the sport of rowing and brings much enthusiasm to the role. He is deeply interested in community development and education, and has worked on many community projects before, having worked in several locations including Nepal, for a dance company and for a circus.

Miki is a professionally trained dancer and yoga teacher and believes in the value of sport and exercise as a force for social good. He will be working alongside Scottish Rowing to deliver the programme in the most deprived areas of Glasgow, of which he has a strong knowledge of from his own upbringing.


Becky Grahbeckyam – Teesside – Northern

Course: MA in Human Resource Management, Teesside University
Becky is a keen rower and coach for Tees RC. Having been encouraged by her mum to get into rowing for the first time after graduating from the University of Chester with a law degree, Becky found a love for the sport and has decided to use the SCT programme to further her career in business with a HR Master’s degree whilst adding value to the Northern region through junior coaching.




Tim Down – Bristol – WAGS (fixed seat)Tim

Course: Personal Development and Sports Science, Hartpury College

Tim is a keen fixed seat rower and coach. He has an interest in adaptive rowing, having designed the rigging for a boat for a quadriplegic friend in order to allow him to row.

He also has an interest in helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and currently volunteers for a local social enterprise whose aim is to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to participate in sport.

>>> What is the Stewards’ Charitable Trust?


Megan Orme-Smith – Slough – Thames Upper, TU3

Course: Applied Sports and Exercise Physiology, St Mary’s University

Megan studied her bachelor’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University where she took up rowing and coxing as a novice. She found great enjoyment in the sport and enjoyed the confidence and new friendships that it gave her, greatly improving her quality of life. She wishes to be able to pay this forward and to help young people have the same enriching life experience that rowing has offered her.


Phil Lyons – Warrington – North Westphil

Course: Sports Science with Strength & Conditioning, Chester University

Phil graduated from the University of Cumbria with a degree in sport and exercise science. Having rowed as a junior, Phil has decided to return to the sport having taken a break from it to play rugby, captaining the team at university.

Phil’s main interest is strength and conditioning  and he is hoping to progress into a career as a strength and conditioning coach. Phil enjoys working with young people and is looking forward to coming back to the sport as a coach.



Thomas Clarke – Bangor – North West Wales

Course – MSc. Sports Science, Bangor University

Thomas rowed as a junior and has a love for the sport. Whilst rowing and coaching for his university club, Thomas became acutely aware of areas of social deprivation in North Wales and did a piece of research on the different attitudes to sporting success and failure in children from socio-economically deprived backgrounds. His dissertation studied Relative Age Effect on elite rowers. Thomas is looking forward to working alongside Welsh Rowing to try and broaden the appeal of the sport to young people in North Wales.