At Gravesend RC we have three qualified rowing coaches plus some assistant coaches.
Sandy is one of our longest standing members, and has been a coach for much of that time. As well as helping new members grasp the basics of rowing, Sandy has won the trophies for the most coxing and rowing mileage of any member for more years than anyone can remember! She also regularly competes in local races, alongside helping our more competitive members get race fit.
As well as head coach, Matt has been Captain of Gravesend RC since December 2015 and was previously Captain of Greenwich University Rowing Club at Medway where he led them to success in the Medway Universities Boat Race. As well as leading junior coaching sessions and working with our senior squads, Matt regularly competes in races as part of the men’s senior crew, having taken part in everything from our own Danson Dashes to the Pairs’ Head.
Caitlin takes the lead on our Learn to Row courses, helping beginner adults and juniors take up rowing and develop their skills. She leads on the design of our senior training plan and annual training camps. Caitlin also competes as part of the senior women’s squad, bringing experience from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, amassing a collection of pots as both rower and cox.
Amelia (‘the Moo’) regularly assists the coaching team in the running of junior outdoor and adult indoor sessions alongside her own training. Having learned to row at Gravesend, she spent three years honing the art of sculling with Reading University Boat Club before returning to share her knowledge with our racing crews. Amelia has had success at a number of races, and in 2014 completed the 50k Boston Rowing Marathon without gaining any blisters (a feat more impressive than the rowing itself!).