James Harris

Olympic High Performance Coach // Women's Squad

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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.

On The Water

Rio 2016 Olympiad:  2013-2016

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.

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James started rowing at school in Durham, and his brother Dan is also a rowing coach, working at the Start centre in Bath.

Beyond the Boat

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.