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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
GB Rowing Team
Olympic High Performance Coach // Women's Squad
James has been a GB Rowing Team High Performance Coach since 2014, working with the senior women's squad.
James Harris previously worked as a Start coach for the Northeast region – a post he held from 2009 – where he helped Katherine Copeland earn a place on the GB Rowing Team.
James coached the GB W8+ who went from strength to strength during the Rio Olympiad. Having placed 4th and 6th at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, the 2015-16 season proved to be decidedly more imposing. The self-named ‘Sassy’ crew won silver at the second and third 2016 World Cup events, and were a force to be reckoned with during the Olympic Regatta, taking home an outstanding silver medal – the first ever Olympic medal for a GB women’s eight.
James started rowing at school in Durham, and his brother Dan is also a rowing coach, working at the Start centre in Bath.
Away from work James busies himself in the garden, and enjoys a BBQ when the weather permits. If stranded on a desert island, he would request a surfboard, matches and some sun cream, and his ideal dinner guests would be his family.