Information about the author of SafeTidewayRowing
Chris started sculling at Karachi Boat Club, Pakistan in 1955 at the age of 9. Ten years later he started sculling and sweep rowing at Trinity College Dublin then moved to UL in the early seventies. He rowed as a heavy and light weight international in the 1970s.
After the family effect and school-fees scuppered his rowing in 1979, Chris focused on coaching, taking on, amongst others: Isis, the British Women’s National Squad (Moscow); Westminster School; Gonvillle and Caius College and Canford School. He is a Gold level BR coach and UKCC Level 2 Tutor and Assessor.
In 1995 the call of the oar became too great and he started rowing again, first for London RC then in 1997 for Thames RC, where he sat on committee as Captain or Deputy Captain for seven years before moving to the Thames Regional Rowing Council, taking on the thankless role of Regional Water Safety Adviser (RWSA) until November 2005. He served on the BR Council and the BR Executive. He has an interest in rowing safety developed from his time in Industry where he was involved in numerous committees of the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association and in particular the liaison with the introduction to the COSHH Regs for the industry.
In short Chris has or is:
- represented GB in both heavyweight and lightweight categories and has bronze and gold World Championship medals
- four Henley medals at club, intermediate and open events – Thames Cup, Visitors, Ladies and Stewards
- coached at Olympic level (women I980)
- coached and won HRR more recently (2013) and won, against all the odds (a nationally supported/coached crew), the Wyfold with Tyrian Club
- coached at Club level and won British Rowing “Development Coach of the Year” with the 2010 Novice TRC women and got nominated for the “UK Coach of the Year” as well
- Spent 20 years building up TRC from the doldrums of 1997 with 6 years either as Captain (1997-9) or Deputy Captain (circa 204/5?)
- served (twice for several years each time) CRSA, RRSA and the British Rowing National Rowing Safety Adviser
- served as the TRC representative on the ARA /BR Council for about 15± years
- served on the board of BR for about 5± of those years
- a UKCC qualified Tutor and Assessor so authorised to run those coaching courses
- served as ARA trustee on the LYR regatta centre board of trustees at the Docklands under Fred Smallbone
- the ARA Gold medal coaching award level and numerous other lesser awards applicable to coaching (BWLA ASA IA etc)
- a considerable coaching knowledge of the requirements for Ironman of which he has done four, qualified twice for Kona and has represented GB in the long distance European Championships in Rimini (2015) in his age group as well at the World championships in Hawaii Kona (2016) when he came 8th in a time of 14.30 odd
- Chris coaches on Rowperfect Classics and RP3s which he used extensively with novices and with Tyrian.