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

Sander Rosendaal

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 has considerable experience in working with elite athletes to help them optimise their fitness and ability. She is Chief Medical Officer, GB Badminton and was Senior Physician at the E

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.

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.
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

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 Rosendaal

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

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Thank you for getting behind our vision and for helping to make it a reality.  We are excited to be able to bring another group of world leading experts to Dorney Lake, this would not be possible without your support!