Ask the Coach

It’s 2010 and the new season is underway. Rowing & Regatta is launching a series called ‘Ask the Coach’. If you have any specific training or technique queries then our coaching panel is here to help. Our coaches have 65 years of coaching experience between them and include:

Image of Andrew CawoodAndrew Cawood is a UKCC Level 3 coach. For the last 20 years he has coached all ages and abilities from beginners and novices through to senior squads. He is currently helping with the junior section at York City. He most enjoys seeing the improvement and progress in athletes as well as helping them to attain their goals.


Image of Val EdwardsVal Edwards first started rowing after seeing her daughter having “far too much fun” on the water. She passed her Instructor’s Award six years ago and started coaching juniors at Runcorn Rowing Club. In 2008 Val was rewarded with the Junior Coach of the Year Award.

Image of Olivier LaplancheOlivier Laplanche is a Henley Stewards Charitable Trust Coach and is based in Glasgow. A UKCC Level 2 coach, Olivier has 11 years of experience and has coached mainly juniors from beginners to international level. He has coached in both his home country, France, and Scotland.

Image of Ian ShoreIan Shore is National High Performance Development Coach for Wales and has been coaching since 1985. Previously head coach at Oxford University Women’s Boat Club, during his eight year tenure Ian coached seven winning crews at the Fours Head. Prior to coaching Oxford he was Head coach at Thames Rowing Club. He has coached crews at the U23 World Championships, FISA championships and had numerous HWR winners.

Image of Kerry WardellKerry Wardell is a UKCC Level 2 coach originally from Itchen Imperial Amateur Rowing Club. There, she coached the club junior squad as well as the Wessex regional team for three years. Kerry is currently studying Sports Coaching Studies combined with Education and Human Development at Oxford Brookes University.

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