RowingChat today was with Guin Batten a pioneer leading new racing formats for beach rowing, coastal rowing and an energetic ambassador for the sport.
She has taken on many new challenges such as rowing in the Maldives, winning the Coastal Rowing world championships and inventing beach rowing for the World Beach Games since winning a silver medal with the Great Britain Rowing team for the Athens Olympics.
We have collated timestamps for the key points we covered during the interview. Below is a link to watch the video on YouTube or Listen on SoundCloud. Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and, continue to tell your friends about RowingChat.
01:00 Introductions and personal background in rowing
09:00 New explorations in rowing – challenge crossings, outrigger canoe rowing
12:00 Coastal Rowing champs – format and boat classes – creating jeopardy in racing gives exciting finishes
15:00 Beach Rowing discipline – boat handlers, Coastal rowing boat manufacturers (Euro Diffusions, Filippi, Mats Leo)
24:00 Lake Geneva venue for Coastal World Rowing Championships October 2017
26:00 Heritage rowing as sport – St Lawrence River ice rowing, Wingfield Sculls, protect our heritage and traditions
31:00 The Beach Games – multi-sport event
33:00 Committee Boats
35:00 Youth sport is to improve the lives of young people
45:00 How to encourage young people into rowing
47:00 Rowing gives something special to participants as the ultimate team sport
51:00 SUP rowing boats – stiffness of the pin against your feet – you always need good oars