Coaching, Technology and Sports Science

One day rowing conference with international experts, coaches and analysts. 
Network with world leading coaches and academics and learn how others improve the performance of their team.
Learn how to help your athletes avoid injury,  develop their skills and how to reach peak performance.
Rowers Conference 2018

Last year at Rowers Conference, we discussed Women in Sport, Technology, Rowing & Education and Building a Robust Athlete.

With 120 delegates, the sellout event was a huge success.

We look forward to welcoming you to our innovative 2019 conference.


We will be covering 3 main themes at the conference

  • Technology
  • Physiology
  • Building a Successful Programme
Structure of the day

All delegates will hear our three Keynote Speakers.
The rest of the day we will hold three presentations simultaneously, enabling delegate to chose a room and listen to whichever talk they wish.

Great day out

Rowers Conference is popular because of the warm welcoming atmosphere!  Delegates mingle and network over a cups of coffee, light bites and a delicious lunch.

The content of all the talks is broad and interesting,  our conference has an open and topical agenda where the latest developments in sports science are discussed.  We want to give delegates the opportunity to discuss and question different and interesting approaches within sport.  Giving everyone  practical take aways to apply in their own day to day rowing.




Meet our Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Griffin, OBE

Senior Bursar, Homerton College Cambridge

Since her days at UCL where she started playing rugby, Deborah has led the growth of the game, establishing the WRFU in 1983 and was the first woman elected to the World Rugby Council.

Sir David Tanner, CBE

Former Performance Director, British Rowing

Sir David has been the architect of the rise of British Rowing to be the leading rowing nation in the World. Sir David has operated at the top level in Rowing both as a coach and as an administrator.

Bobby Thatcher

Chief Coach, St. Pauls School

Bobby was a successful junior and senior athlete, representing GB at several World Championships and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA. Now a world leading Coach at St Paul's School.

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Conny Draper


Conny is a world-leading Consultant Biomechanist who travels the world helping clubs, schools, universities, and National Teams educating the athletes and coaches on what good rowing should be like.

    Ben Churchill

    Sports Performance Sales Manager

    A former nationally competitive American sculler, Ben trained with US team before retiring in 2010. At Nielsen-Kellerman, Ben is part of a product team working on bringing tools for athletes and coach

      Bruce Smith

      CEO -CREW by True Rowing

      Entrepreneur dedicated to help people get healthy and feel connected. We are leveraging new technology and decades of entrepreneurial innovation to recreate the rowing experience for the modern consum

      Sander Roosendaal

      Masters Rower and Data Expert

      Sander is a Dutch Masters Rower based Prague who is enthusiastic about how data can be used to improve athlete performance.

      Eira Parry

      Founder and Director of High Performance Parenting

      Eira is an ex-international rowing coach who in a former life was also a school teacher and school rowing coach. Eira offers a unique insight into how the coach-parent-athlete dynamic should be manage

      Prof Cathy Speed

      Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport and Exercise Medicine

      Professor Speed is a Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport & Exercise Medicine. She is Senior Physician at the English Institute of Sport and Chief Medical Office of GB Badminton, Chief Medical officer to

      Dr. Fiona Wilson

      Associate Professor & Chartered Physiotherapist

      Fiona is part of Team leading a global research project looking into back pain. Fiona was a guest speaker at R1 in 2017 and was very well received.

      Adrian Cassidy

      Co-Founder Rowers

      After a career in international rowing both as an athlete and coach, Adrian is now investing his efforts into building a world-class cloud-based platform to give athletes and coaches insights into the

      Bill Manning

      Assistant Coach, Princeton University

      The 2019 season is Bill Manning’s sixth as Assistant Coach of Princeton’s Lightweight Men. Manning is a Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s Whitman College and earned an Ed.M. in administration, plann

      Peter Wiersum

      Head Coach, AASR Skoll

      Peter Wiersum is a retired coxswain for the Dutch men’s rowing team. He coxed the Netherlands at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics, as well as the Great Eight from 2014 to 2017.

      Harm Hermsen

      CEO - TimeTeam

      Harm did his master thesis on the usage of GPS and accelerometer data during rowing race tracking. Currently he uses his tech skills to create a regatta management platform with his company Time-Team

      Lotte Lintmeijer


      With a masters degree in psychology, and a PhD on motor-learning and biomechanics in rowing. Lotte offers great insight into some of the science behind the Biomechanics of Rowing.


      Sessions are organised into 3 themes. You have the flexibility to attend whichever talk will help you most.  Switch between rooms form session to session.
      08:00 - 09:00
      Event registration & Coffee

      Delegates arrive and register. Coffee, Tea and Soft Drinks available to all before Introduction and first Keynote.

      David Townsend will get the day off with a brief introduction and welcome to all the delegates. David will frame the day and explain how the day will flow.

      David Townsend

      Sir David Tanner has shepherded Rowing into the professional era. Bringing the sport into its golden age. We will be given insights into how the advent of funding fundamentally revolutionised British Rowing.

      Sir David Tanner

      St. Pauls School had a dramatic season with success in the US as well as winning all events in the British Rowing Calendar 2018. Also numerous Junior International representations including the only school to produce two double Junior World Champions, and they were in the same year.
      Bobby will give us some insight into the ups and downs that have brought him and the School such success.

      Bobby Thatcher

      Deborah has been one of the leading lights in Women’s Rugby. Deborah is an exceptional speaker with an interesting and engaging story to tell. Deborah will tell us the story from being a University Rugby player at University College London to the being the mastermind behind the inception of Britsh University Rugby and through to creating and running the 1st Women’s Rugby World Cup.

      Deborah Griffin
      09:50 - 10:40
      How live Telemetry data improves performance

      Long gone are the days where you strapped you watch around your stretcher in order to get your stroke rate. Michael will give a great insight into how a very small amount of information from devices on the boat can lead to remarkably quick changes in rowing technique. Plus how they enable the athletes to self-correct even after the coach has moved onto the next athlete.

      Ben Churchill

      Lotte has been working on a Phd modeling the effects of body mass on power in rowing. Our sport is moving towards measuring training using wattage. The debate on how best to measure this has been a large topic for discussion. Lotte will challenge the accuracy of such measurement as well as give us an insight into how important training to power will become, as all athletes training time is limted.

      Lotte Lintmeijer

      Harm spoke at the R1 Rowers Conference in 2017 about his Regatta Management system. This time Harm will be explaining how GPS technology works. Looking at both its strengths and weakness’. Harm will also show how clubs can use GPS to time training sessions without needing a stopwatch.

      Harm Hermsen

      Conny will be reviewing four years of telemetry data from one Univerisity Club that she has been working with. Conny will be showing what sorts of changes are possible in that period of time. Conny will also give insight into what it took to make those changes and show how the changes were not universally adpoted.

      Dr. Conny Draper
      09:50 - 10:40
      Turning Rowing Data into Performance Improvement

      Sander will show how routinely using power measurement in practice settings can help athletes implement optimal pacing strategies for sprint and head races independent of weather conditions.  Plus will delve into how routine use of per stroke data collection and effective online tools can make coaching geographically dispersed athletes more effective.

      Sander Roosendaal
      In this era of the ‘quantifiable self’, we have tools to measure a plethora of parameters that may influence human function. The challenge is not what we can measure, but what should we measure that can have meaningful implications for the individual athlete. Professor Speed offers some reflections on this topic from the perspective of a physician and physiologist.
      Professor Cathy Speed

      Fiona has been working as part of a large global project involving medical professionals from around the world looking into the causes and management of back pain in rowers. We will be the first public event to hear the outcomes of this extensive research.

      Dr. Fiona Wilson
      09:50 - 10:40
      Making the athlete/coach/parent triangle work for everyone

      Coaches have to navigate the line between making athletes independent and responsible for their training and performance. Parents are a big part of supporting coaches in that developmental process. Eira will give some insight into how this communication triangle can be made to work in the most effective way.

      Eira Parry

      Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique opportunities to promote personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness.

      Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States. CRI is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community and provides broad-based programs for youth and adults of all skill levels—from novice to elite.

      Bruce will give us an insight into how that club was setup and how a club with 1000 daily users is run on a daily basis.

      Bruce Smith

      Peter was the cox of the Dutch rowing VIII for many years. Now as head coach of Skoll Rowing club in the Netherlands. Peter is going to discuss some of the finer details and practices around rigging and personalisation there of.

      Peter Wiersum

      Bill will explain how the US Collegiate Rowing system works. With extensive experience in this space, Bill will also give an insight as to the ethical and performance values that programmes he has been involved in operate.

      William Manning

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