Rowing Australia today announced that Mark Prater will be joining Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Canberra, ACT.
Prater joins Rowing Australia having previously been the Director of Rowing at Sydney University Boat Club and held coaching positions on U23 and Senior Australian Rowing Teams.
In his time coaching with the national team, Prater has had many successes, with his first medal coming when he coached the U23 Men’s Quadruple Sculls to a bronze at the 2012 U23 World Championships. He later went on to oversee the U23 Men’s Pair winning back-to-back silver medals at the 2014 and 2015 U23 World Rowing Championships, as well as coaching the Senior A Men’s Pair to bronze at the 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 and silver at the 2016 World Rowing Cup 3. He also coached the Men’s Pair at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Prater has coached numerous crews to state and national titles and is looking forward to working alongside Ian Wright at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre, the home of the men’s rowing program.
“I am excited to be working with Ian at the newly formed National Training Centre in Canberra, and to be building our men’s crews for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics across the next four years,” said Prater.
Prater will begin at Rowing Australia on the same date as Wright, 24 October. Wright said: “I am eager to begin coaching and working with Mark as we build the men’s program at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre. His domestic and international experience are an asset to the men’s program.”