Rowing Australia today announced that Andrew Randell will be joining Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright and fellow Men’s Senior Coach, Mark Prater, at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Canberra, ACT.
Randell joins Rowing Australia having most recently been the Head Coach and State Talent Pathway Coordinator for the ACT Academy of Sport. In his time coaching with the national team, Randell has been to two Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 and has coached many crews to World Championship and World Cup successes.
His first international medal came back in 1995 when he oversaw the Junior Men’s Four to a silver medal at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Poland. He went on to coach the 2002 Junior Men’s Four to a gold at the World Championships in Lithuania that year, while in 2004 he coached the U23 Men’s Coxed Four to a gold at their World Championships.
In 2013, he coached the U23 Men’s Four to a silver medal at the World Championships, while the following year he oversaw the U23 Men’s Eight that went on win a silver medal at the same event. In addition, Randell has played a pivotal role over the years in developing Australia’s US-based underage athletes.
In 2016, Randell oversaw Australia’s Men’s Double Sculls and also Men’s Single Sculls at the Rio Olympic Games. Randell in fact coached the latter, Rhys Grant, to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne.
Outside of his international coaching, Randell has also held the positions of Head Coach at Adelaide Rowing Club, Prince Alfred College and also the NSW Institute of Sport.
“I am really looking forwarded to joining Ian and Mark at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre. I have been working for many years developing Australia’s male athletes and I am excited about what the next four years will bring for our athletes and being a part of a strong men’s coaching team.”
Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright added: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the coaching team at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre. He has a proven track record in developing athletes to perform on the world stage and I’m looking forward to working alongside him and Mark over the next four years.”