Rowperfect UK Limited was founded in 1991 by Harry Mahon the legendary NZ rowing coach and Tony Brook World Gold medallist to import Rowperfect rowing simulators into the UK for the first time in 1998. Harry was coaching the GB 8 in preparation for the Sydney Olympic Games at the time and he was quickly convinced that the Rowperfect would help him achieve the best possible results from the crew. They were not the strongest athletes in the GB squad as the 4- and 2- were ahead on the selection rankings. But he thought that if they rowed with technical excellence and a common power application and force curves, he could overcome their strength shortcomings and create a fast crew of skilled boat-movers. They won a Gold Medal.
In 2001 Grant Craies joined Tony and started to use Rowperfect with his crews at Tideway Scullers School. Later, Rebecca Caroe also joined and Tony left the business. Since then the range of products has expanded—to e-books and DVDs, rating watches, coaching advice, rowing gloves, Coxmate coxing equipment—and the Rowperfect website is gaining a reputation as a place for coaches to find educational resources and new ideas to help them build their own skills.
In 2016 Paul Doleman joined the company as Manager—he’s the friendly voice behind the emails and the phone! Paul is a proud rowing Dad with three children rowing at Derwent Rowing Club and has started his own journey in a single scull too.