Meet The Team
As Chairman of Wessex & SE Regional Rowing, Colin is the main contact between the region and British Rowing, relaying the regions aspirations, issues and successes to the British Rowing Council and; in turn; cascading information from BR back to the region. A member of Southsea Rowing Club, Colin is also a qualified RYA Powerboat instructor and can often be found as safety launch driver at Southsea Regatta.
When the Wessex and SE Region was formed in 2013, Phil was the main lynchpin from the Sussex and Kent region in ensuring that both regions came together and his input into the region is essential in ensuring that all of the Sussex and Kent clubs are represented at both regional and national level. As a decorated senior oarsman for Bexhill ARC, Phil is also the CARA Water Safety Officer.
Relaying all of the information for the Wessex & SE Coastal Region is the main role for Penny, ensuring that all of the regions clubs are kept abreast of minutes of the bi-monthly meetings and promoting courses and events for the region. Penny is also one of the administrators for the website. A member of Southampton Coalporters ARC, Penny continues to compete in the coastal season as a coxswain as well as officiate as an H&D umpire.
When the regions of Wessex and the coastal SE clubs were merged in 2013 to create the Wessex & SE Region, Alex continued the role of treasurer for the whole region as he had held this position for the old Wessex region for a number of years. Working with the committee to obtain grant funding as well as administering grant applications and bursaries throughout the region, Alex manages the regions finance. Whilst living out of the area now, Alex is still a member of Southsea Rowing club and an active supporter of coastal rowing.
Coaching Commission/Coach Education
Coordinating all of the regions coach education programme with British Rowing along with working with the regions coaching network is Mike’s role as Coaching Commission / Coach Education. Mike works on behalf of the region to ascertain and promote national coach education programmes and qualifications. As a qualified assessor, Mike is also instrumental in the final assessment of newly trained coaches to complete their full assessment. Mike is a distinguished coach on both a regional and national level and is a member of Christchurch Rowing Club in Dorset.
Deputy Coaching Commission/Coach Education
Working in conjunction with Mike, Sarah promotes and coordinates coach education within the Susses and Kent clubs. The promotion of coach education and getting more club members to gain coaching qualifications is one of Sarah’s objectives and she is also keen to promote the links for the rowing coaches within their area with their relevant Sport Council Partnerships. As a successful oarswoman for Shoreham Rowing Club, Sarah is also the Association Secretary for CARA.
Bringing in the next generation of rowers and introducing them to all forms of rowing – coastal, river, gig, indoor – is one of the objectives of the region and Nick’s role as Junior Coordinator is to promote and introduce junior rowing throughout the region. Working on all aspects associated with junior rowing – coaching, racing, safety, enjoyment, participation – the regions aim is to encourage and support clubs with junior sections. As a member of Bexhill Rowing Club, Nick has seen first hand the benefit of bringing juniors through the club system as a benefit to the club.
Water Safety Advisor
As well as H&D Association Secretary, Steve is also the regional and H&D Water Safety Advisor, coordinating national water safety practices and information to the regions clubs and members. Providing information on best practise and the latest information, Steve works with his CARA Water Safety counterpart, Phil McCorry to ensure that all clubs are compliant and educated in water safety. A member of Ryde Rowing Club, Steve is also an H&D Umpire.
BR Masters Committee Representative
Jeff represents Wessex SE Coast and is Secretary of the BR Masters Committee. Masters represent 35% of British Rowing members and covers ages from 28 plus. The Committee is concerned with developing and increasing participation in masters rowing. It also advises BR on rules and practices concerning masters rowing. In particular, the committee is working towards improving coaching and training for masters rowers and improving communications within the masters rowing community.
British Rowing Area Participation Manager (South West)
Area Participation Manager (South West) covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Avon.
Rhiannon provides club support covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Avon.Within our region, Rhiannon provides support to Dorset clubs to help sustain and increase membership such as helping with development plans, facility projects, club/school links, indoor rowing, funding, working towards clubmark and supporting explore rowing accredited clubs and projects. Growing up in Cornwall, Rhiannon started rowing in fixed seat gigs and flashboats aged 15 before becoming a coach. She started with British Rowing in 2008 as a Henley Stewards Coach and then CDO in 2010. Rhiannon took some time out in 2015 to have her daughter and returned as Area Manager later that year. Based in Saltash, Cornwall, she still volunteers with her local clubs junior section & row when possible.
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BR Wessex Region Henley Stewards Club Coach