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Spracklen strikes back at British Rowing

In an unusually detailed article Mike Spracklen details exactly why he stopped coaching in Britain

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In an unusually detailed article published in  the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper, Mike Spracklen the Canadian national coach for men and lightweights details exactly why he stopped coaching in Britain and the clear hurt and pain he still feels towards the British Rowing estalishment.

He is quoted as saying

I have many friends there, and my extradition from British rowing was a result of a few women who have since left the sport.

I found they didn’t like training, and that’s why they weren’t very good,” Spracklen said of the women’s program he inherited, adding he has since heard that formerly disgruntled pupils have come to appreciate his unyielding ways. “They wrote nasty letters to say I didn’t help them … so British Rowing asked me not to carry on.

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One thought on “Spracklen strikes back at British Rowing

  1. I am trying to locate the contact details for Mike.

    I was President of the Madras Boat Club for a number of years and also a FISA umpire. Mike has coached at our club and in fact stayed at my home when he was here.

    Mike has spoken to me about his reasons for leaving the coaching scene in the UK

    We have just brought out a history book of the club and would like Mike to have a copy- could you kindly help getting Mikes contact details/

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