Rowing Australia today announced the appointment of Jason Lane as the Technical Lead for the Underage and non-Olympic crews set to compete for Australia at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands later this year.
Lane, the Head Rowing Coach of the South Australian Institute of Sport, will be the coaching lead for the entire Australian Rowing Team that travels to compete at the combined Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships from 21 to 28 August 2016.
Lane, who has held a number of high profile coaching roles said about the role: “It’s an great role to be taking on, with three teams competing at one regatta, so it will be an exciting experience from a numbers point of view, but my role will basically be helping coaches and athletes at the event, guiding and mentoring the crews during the event as well as providing some guidance and direction through the lead-up preparation and the regatta itself.”
Last season, Lane coached Australia’s senior Women’s Double Scull and this year he’s looking forward to the change of being in charge of Australia’s up and coming rowing talent, commenting: “I am looking forward to working with the underage crews, it’s the raw talent and excitement that comes with an underage regatta. Obviously for some of them it’s their first time on a national team, so there will be some that will be having a totally new experience so I am excited to help harness all that talent and potential.”
The unusual combination of the Junior, U23 and non-Olympic crews at the regatta is one that Lane thinks will be beneficial, especially as we lead into the next quadrennium: “The event is an important step in our pathway, for the underage crews and the non-Olympic ones as well. It’s about making the most of the opportunity and getting some international racing, for all the athletes, and using it as a stepping stone for the next Olympic cycle, leading into Tokyo in 2020. It’s an important part of the pathway and we’ll obviously be trying to get some good results with all the athletes.”
With the combined regatta, Lane sees benefits for many of the athletes and coaches in regards to mentoring each other as they compete overseas: “That’s the exciting part of having one big team, having different layers inside the team, so there is opportunity in there for the older athletes to mentor the younger ones, and for everyone to glean the experiences from athletes and coaches that have been around a while and who can perhaps help develop the younger ones as well. That’s all part of the journey.”
Rowing Australia General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez said of Lane’s appointment: “It is an excellent opportunity to have a coach of Jason’s calibre available to work with our World Championship Team in 2016. This will be a very unique situation where we have athletes from Senior through to Junior level representing Australia at the one event and venue. It is going to be an exciting event for all involved and we believe that with Jason’s involvement it will only enhance the preparation and experience for the Team.”