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.