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Senior Coach Andrew Randell moves on from Rowing Australia

Rowing Australia wishes to advise that Andrew Randell has resigned from his role as Senior Coach of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC).

Randell was appointed to the position at the NTC upon its formation in 2017 but began his national coaching duties well before the recent quadrennial. Randell has served as coach to Australian crews since 1995, coaching at multiple World Cups, underage and senior World Championships as well as three Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Between 2017-2019, Randell coached the crew of the Men’s Eight to a host of top six placings, their best result coming in 2018 when they won a Silver Medal at the World Championships.

In April 2021, Randell joined the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre to support Australia’s Women’s Quadruple Scull with their qualification and preparation for Tokyo.

Under Randell’s tutelage, the crew of Caitlin Cronin, Harriet Hudson, Rowena Meredith and Ria Thompson won a Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Games, the result coming during the ‘hour of power’ – the most successful period in Australia’s Olympic history and a defining moment for the Australian Rowing Team.

Month’s earlier and at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Randell guided the crew to victory in the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Upon his departure, Rowing Australia Performance Director Paul Thompson MBE acknowledged Randell’s long-standing track record of success as a coach.

“Andrew has made an enormous contribution to rowing in Australia, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the many years that he has dedicated to fostering some of our most talented athletes to realise their sporting potential, both men and women, sculling and sweep.” Thompson said.

“Some of our best and brightest athletes have benefited from Andrew’s coaching over the years, none more so than the Women’s Quadruple Scull who achieved a Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics under the most challenging of circumstances.

“On behalf of Rowing Australia our coaches and athletes past and present, I would like to thank Andrew for his years of service as a coach and we wish him well for the future,” Thompson concluded.

Rowing Australia is now seeking applications for the role of Senior Coach, Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre.

Please submit your application to Paul Thompson by no later than Friday 14 January 2022. Instructions to apply are available within the Job Ad available on our Jobs page.

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