Rowing Australia today announced that coaches Ellen Randell and Tom Westgarth will be joining Women’s Head Coach, John Keogh at the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Penrith, NSW.
Randell is considered Australia’s top female rowing coach. She began coaching in the late 1980s and served her coaching apprenticeship under the guidance of former AIS Head Rowing Coach, Reinhold Batschi.
An experienced coach, having specialised in coaching women over the last three decades, Randell has had success in open and lightweight women’s rowing (sweep and sculling) and has coached three Australian women’s crews to World Rowing Championships titles, as well as multiple medals.
Randell commented on her appointment: “I am excited for the opportunity to be able to contribute to a strong collaborative coaching team led by John Keogh. I am also tremendously excited about the opportunities this new centre provides Australia’s women rowers, my goal is to see our rowers consistently achieve at the highest level on the world stage.
“I recognise an important part of my role is as a leader, mentor and role model for other women in rowing, providing a pathway and contributing to others successes along the way.”
Joining Randell as a coach at the Women’s NTC is Tom Westgarth, who most recently coached Australia’s Women’s Quadruple Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Westgarth joins Rowing Australia having previously been the Head Rowing Coach of the Queensland Academy of Sport and the coach of Australia’s Senior Women’s Quadruple Sculls for the last three seasons.
Under his guidance the Women’s Quadruple Sculls won gold at 2014 World Rowing Cup 1, while in 2012 he oversaw the U23 Women’s Quadruple Sculls victory at the World Rowing Championships.
Commenting on what attracted him to the role, Westgarth said: “I was attracted to the new direction and opportunities RA are taking to bring our very best athletes together to provide them with a world class training environment.
“I believe this, along with a fantastic team of experienced coaches and support staff, can help move us closer to achieving our goal of becoming the number one rowing nation and I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of that.
“I look forward to working alongside John and Ellen and learning from their wealth of experience working in rowing.”
Women’s Head Coach, Keogh said: “I am incredibly excited to start work in Penrith, at what will be a centre that is dedicated to advancing women’s rowing. The centre can only be further enhanced with the addition of two fantastic coaches in Ellen and Tom.
“I look forward to working with both of them as we create a world-beating women’s program.”