Rowing Australia today confirmed the coaching appointments for the 2021 Australian Rowing Team.
The women’s program will see John Keogh and Tom Westgarth coach the women’s sweep squad as they prepare the Women’s Pair, Four and Eight. John Keogh will also prepare the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull up to departure for the Final Qualification Regatta. Meanwhile, Ellen Randell will coach the Women’s Double Scull. The women’s program will also be joined by Andrew Randell, who will coach Australia’s Women’s Quadruple Scull as they bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Andrew will take both the Women’s Quad and Lightweight Double to the Final Qualification Regatta.
Women’s Head Coach, John Keogh said, “I’m excited to have a coach of Andrew’s calibre join our women’s program and oversee the Women’s Quadruple Scull as they prepare for the Final Qualification Regatta. I have no doubt that Andrew will do a great job supporting our scullers when they head to Europe in a bid to qualify for Tokyo 2020.”
Ian Wright, who leads the men’s program in Canberra, will coach the Men’s Pair, Men’s Four and sweep reserves. Meanwhile, the sweep program will be further strengthened by the addition of WAIS Head Coach, Rhett Ayliffe who will coach Australia’s Men’s Eight. In the sculling program, Mark Prater will manage the Men’s Double and Quadruple Sculls, with Don McLachlan, of Sydney University Boat Club, returning to the program to coach the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull. Don will take both the Double and Lightweight Double to the Final Qualification Regatta.
In the Para-Rowing Program, overseen by Head Coach, Gordon Marcks, Lincoln Handley (Griffith University Surfers Paradise RC) will coach Australia’s PR2 Mixed Double Scull in their bid for 2020 Paralympic qualification. As previously announced, Lizzi Chapman will coach Australia’s PR3 Mixed Coxed Four, while Jason Baker will coach the PR1 Men’s Single Scull.
RA Performance Director, Bernard Savage, said, “We’re extremely pleased with the group of coaches we have supporting our athletes. Our National Training Centres and Para-rowing team have a strong group of coaches, and the addition to this coaching group of Rhett, Don and Lincoln will further enhance the level of support we can provide to our crews.”