We had an awesome RowingChat today about the history of international British Women’s rowing. Jo Toch, Pauline Bird, Kate Grose all rowed for Great Britain and Helena Smalman-Smith is a rowing historian of the period. 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
05:00 The “average” training week for internationals in 70s, 80s and 90s.
10:00 Personal pathways to international representation
13:00 Selecting club crews to be international representatives
17:00 What would you do differently if you had your time again internationally?
20:00 Racing the Eastern Block and drug taking in rowing
24:00 What has rowing lost now it’s professional?
35:00 Which coach was most influential in your development? Steve Gunn, Martin Fordham, John “Dickie” Bird, Bill Stagg, Daniel Topolski, Christopher George, Rosie Mayglothline, Bob Michaels
43:00 Stories of Amy Gentry and Eve Gould – the leaders who established British Womens Rowing
48:00 Memories of Beryl Crockford
Watch Womens Rowing in UK RowingChat on YouTube