Robin Dowell

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former GB Rowing Team coach Robin Dowell. Robin (40) was the Chief Coach of the Swiss national team and passed away yesterday at Lake Sarnen while preparing for a training session with some of his athletes.


Robin was a popular member of the GB Rowing Team coaching staff in 2015 and 2016 before he left to become Chief Coach for Switzerland. He had replaced Richard Boulton as Lead Coach for Juniors.

Prior to taking on the GB role, he ran the very successful programme at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow, England and coached the Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull (JM 4x) that won gold in 2015 at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio, Great Britain’s first gold in that boat class.

Everyone who knew Robin within rowing remembers a kind and talented coach who loved helping athletes of any age reach their potential.  The thoughts of everyone at British Rowing and within the GB Rowing Team are with Robin’s family and friends at this sad time.

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