Category Archives: World Rowing Championships

Robbie Manson’s sculling style

Robbie Manson at the catch, poised (with a relaxed neck and shoulders), powerful, connected, maximally compressed in his legs like a coiled spring. The beginning of the drive: as the legs begin driving the hips back, his back immediately works hard against the legs, the spine elongating itself, reaching its maximum length below left : […]

The Swiss Rowing Joke

Rowing Tales, rowperfect, rowing anthology

Your weekend long read….thanks to Chris Dodd who contributed this to RowingTales – the anthology of rowing stories. In 1991 FISA’s annual meeting of all the commissions took place in Zagreb. Having never been to the area, I set off a few days early to explore before rowing matters intervened. Hardly had I reached Heathrow, […]

Top Rowing Moments from 2017

Thanks to Martin Cross who recorded his Best Rowing Moments from 2017 10 – Tom Barras GBR Single Sculler at Sarasota World Rowing Championships 9 – Hungarian 2+ Coxed pair vs Australians – finish at World Champs 8 – Irish lightweight mens pair LM2- Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll sensational high rating 7 – Final of […]

Retired professional athlete? CTL Sport needs you

Crossing the Line Sport

Crossing the Line aims to bring greater insight and understanding into the retirement process and wellbeing of elite athletes. Which is why we’re proud to support new research into athlete transition, conducted by CTL partner, Chris Mordue. The research is focused on the following question: How does retiring from elite sport affect the identity and […]

Medals for Coaches?

Should we give medals to rowing coaches?

Should we give medals to coaches as well as athletes? Rachel Hooper gives her view (first published here) This summer saw coaches at the athletics world championships being awarded medals alongside their athletes for the first time. It’s certainly a nice gesture to recognise their efforts but at elite level, but it also  takes a […]

Future for Rowing Lightweights at the Olympics

Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls,

Paul Hart writes Given the planned limitations at the next Olympics( a single men’s and women’s lightweight event), is there any hope for the future of lightweight rowing? That’s a hard one… We read the interview that Mike Rowbotham did on the Inside the Games website with JC Rolland “Bleak Future for Lightweights beyond Tokyo” […]

Follow World Rowing Champs via app

World rowing, world champs USA, Rowing, Sarasota 2017,

We’ve found the clever Sarasota organisers of the WRC2017 have created an app using Yapp to keep you up to date So I downloaded it and what a disappointment. I hoped that the social feed would aggregate any mention of the hashtag – but instead it’s just full of promotions from local catering companies. It […]

One capsize cannot be erased

Rowing pair capsize

When we put this picture on our Facebook page it got a load of reactions, including a note from the athletes in the boat. Vineta moaned I wonder if this photo will keep popping up on Facebook for all my life? And so this prompted us to ask them what their side of the story […]

Rowing seat pad solves hamstring pain

Sverri Nielsen, Denmark Rower

Denmark’s Sverri Nielsen the single sculler uses the ProW Seat Pad while racing at Luzern World Cup.  You can see the pink pad taped to his scull seat top. What you can’t see are the wedges inserted underneath the pad which lift up your pelvis off the seat giving relief to glute / hamstring / […]

Rowing at Tokyo 2020 – FISA update

Fatsculler reports FISA announced the final two proposals for changes to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020. The delegates at the Extraordinary Congress in February 2017 will have to decide between two options: Replace the LM4- with the W4- This is the proposal from the FISA Council Replace the M4- with the LW4- This is […]