Is Sport Elitist?

By Duncan Holland

We have just seen the usual flurry of reportage, analysis and comment about the Boat Race.  I decline to call it the BNY Mellon Boat Race, which is probably a failure in etiquette, but I do intend to add my might to the outpourings from scribes around the world about this unique and fascinating race.  […]

Does size matter? & How I choose a coxswain.

By Duncan Holland

Selecting which rowers to put in a crew is a difficult and stressful task.  Choosing which cox to put in the crew is often more difficult. With rowers, a coach has access to large amounts of more or less objective data.  There are a series of maximum ergometer test scores backed up by lots of […]

Does your rowing club support your coaches?

By Duncan Holland

Most rowing clubs are short of coaches.  It is a rare phenomenon to find a club with a surplus of willing volunteers to take on a task seen by most as onerous and difficult.  As I said in my last blog clubs need to use what they have to hand; if 16 year olds and Masters […]

Rowing Routines or Rote Procedure

By Duncan Holland

In the online dictionary I use one of the definitions of routine is: regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure. I checked this after reading Mike Davenport’s latest addition to his Playbook. Mike’s piece was thought provoking as usual and it got me thinking of sitting on the bank at our NZ School’s Championships a.k.a. […]