We want to create an environment that attracts the best coaches, athletes and support staff and allows them to perform at their best at the moment it matters most. We want to identify and nurture talent to produce medal-winning performance from happy athletes who enjoy what they are doing and are prepared as well as they can be prepared to allow them to deliver the best they can deliver. We also want to give our athletes a connection to the grassroots of the sport, and vice-versa.
With Olympic and Paralympic qualification now only two years away, our first priority following a period of disruption is to restore stability to the programme. We are in the process of hiring a new Performance Director, and two head coaches - one for each of the men’s and women’s squads. All three appointments will have been made by January.
Aspiring Olympians are back in training at Caversham. You can join them virtually in their training, on live-streamed ergo sessions - the next of which is on 16th November. For details see www.zoomergos.com
Of course, we want to win medals; and we want our best athletes to have the best chance of doing that. But there is more to what happens at Caversham than preparing for international races: everyone involved plays a crucial role in helping grow the sport as well. The GB Rowing team inspires people and engages people. It contributes to people taking up the sport, and then staying close to it. We want to follow their journey, cheer their successes, share their joy and support them through their disappointments. And they want to inspire people all over the country to have a go and get involved.