July 6, 2019

Coaches and Boatman

Men’s Squad Coach – Robert Weston

Robert Weston is undoubtedly the backbone of the Men’s Squad success through the 2018/19 season. He has probably forgotten more about the sport than we will ever learn. Rowing on our own river in Norwich since 1967, Robert has been with the sport for over 50 years. By the mid 70’s Robert had competed through the ranks and reached Elite status in rowing and Senior in sculling. Had Olympic trials in coxless pairs in ‘76, coming second. Got through to Semi Finals of the Silver Goblets at Henley in 1976 then represented England at Home countries International in Ireland. Won numerous medals at top regattas including Reading, Nottingham International and Queens Silver Jubilee Regatta on the Serpentine. Further Olympic trials for Moscow (1980) in coxed fours but came fourth. Reached Semi Final of Britannia Challenge Cup. Through the 80’s, Robert rowed in Britannia and Wyfold cups having minor success. Moved over to Masters competitions in the 90’s becoming National Champion twice in double sculls and quad sculls. Also winning at Henley Masters.

Coached many Norwich Rowing Club crews to have success but decided to formalise matters in 2014, achieving Lev2 Club Coach status with British Rowing. Robert has run two Learn to Row courses for Norwich Rowing Club and still runs the Sculling School. Coached for two years at Norwich School helping with J16 and 18 crews at Nat Schools and HRR. 2018/2019 first season at UEA with notable successes at BUCS Head and Regatta. Robert aims to continue development and have a UEABC crew row in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at HRR.

Women’s Squad Coach – Martin Tate

Martin has relocated to Norfolk since retiring from teaching. His involvement with rowing has spanned the years 1966 to the present day. His own rowing career was severely hampered by a significant number of injuries; he only raced for some 3 or 4 seasons up to the age of 24 reaching senior/elite status, having won his novice sweep oar pot at the age of 14. He was approached to row at junior international level, but unfortunately injury put an end to this. Over the next few years rowing was an on and off affair with academic commitment and lower back damage hampering involvementt. At 25 his focus within the sport was, when time allowed, redirected towards coaching.

Again although time spent on the coaching bike was hampered by work commitment there have been notable coaching highlights;

  • Initially guiding a club crew from novice to senior level in the course of 18 months.
  • Overseeing a young lightweight women’s double scull to the semi finals at Women’s Henley
  • Managing the senior men’s squad at Broxbourne to Henley qualification on three occasions
  • Coordinating a campaign by Broxbourne R.C to win the Victor Ludorum trophy at the National Masters Championships, a significant achievement given the size of the club
  • Two wins at Henley Masters Regatta with quadruple sculling crews, three wins at European Masters Regatta with eights and a coxless four and three wins at World Masters Regattas in coxed and coxless fours.

Whilst much of Martin’s coaching success was achieved without formal qualification he completed the British Rowing Level 2 Club Coach Qualification in 2012.

Martin’s objective at UEA is to secure racing success and improve the profile of UEA women’s rowing by delivering improved technique. He feels it is important to build on last year’s improvement and ensure that UEA women again have their best season to date.

Boatman – Joseph Johnson 

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