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Life Lessons from Women in Rowing – online talk

22nd April 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

How does rowing shape us as people? What does it teach us about success (and failure)?

This special online discussion, chaired by Annamarie Phelps, with GB rowing champions Cath Bishop, Frances Houghton and Naomi Riches, will look at how rowing is a platform for life.

Hear from them on what rowing has taught them about relationships, change and perspective.

With thanks to the British Association of Rowing Journalists (BARJ).

The talk will take place online via Zoom. We will contact you via email with instructions on how to redeem your ticket and access the event.

£7 per ticket (10% discount for Friends of the Museum). Booking essential.

Chairing the Discussion:

Annamarie Phelps, CBE

Annamarie Phelps is the ideal chairman for the evening’s discussion –  a former Chairman of British Rowing, and a former Trustee of the British Paralympic Association. She is currently Deputy Chair of the British Olympic Association, Chair of the British Horseracing Authority and Deputy Chair of European Rowing as well as Chair of CUBC and a Board Member of the Head of the Charles Regatta. Annamarie enjoyed a successful international rowing career representing Great Britain in the lightweight four and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (women’s eight).
Talking about the Rio Paralympic Games, she says: “To be in Rio as Chairman of British Rowing and to have every single one of our athletes come back with a medal and to be able to have played a small part in trying to persuade Channel 4 to broadcast that live was very, very special”.

In Discussion: –

Cath Bishop

 Dr Cath Bishop is an Olympian, former diplomat, business coach and consultant, and author of ‘The Long Win’. Cath learnt to row at Cambridge University and went on to compete in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships silver in 1998, World Indoor Rowing gold in 1999, World Championships gold in 2003 and Olympic silver in Athens 2004.

After a career as a diplomat specialising in global conflict issues, Cath now works as a leadership consultant and coach. Cath also speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, high performing teams and cultural change. Her first book ‘The Long Win: the search for a better way to succeed’ was published in October 2020 and was described by the Financial Times as ‘a deep and rewarding exploration of human motivation in sport, politics, business and our personal lives’ and listed in their Top 10 Business Books for 2020 and the Daily Mail’s Top Sports Books of 2021. Cath is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and in February 2021, was appointed Chair of Love Rowing, British Rowing’s new charitable foundation whose mission is to bring rowing to more communities around the UK.

Book available at: http://amzn.to/2UChFku
Image © Peter Spurrier/ Intersport Images.

Frances Houghton MBE

Frances Houghton was the first British woman to be selected for five Olympic Games in rowing, and only the fifth woman in any sport to achieve this mark for Team GB. Over her 21 year career on the British Rowing Team I won 3 Olympic silver medals, 4 World Championship golds, and held two World records, all in different teams and under four different coaches.

Frances retired on the Olympic podium in Rio in 2016 having made history as a part of the first British Women’s Eight ever to win an Olympic medal. Learnings From Five Olympic Games is the accumulation of her notes and learnings from over her 21 year career and the story of how she applied them.

Book available through: www.franceshoughton.co.uk 
Image © Nick Middleton

Naomi Riches MBE

Naomi Riches was just 8 weeks old when she was diagnosed with a visual impairment. Naomi swam for the local disabled swimming team, but apart from this had very little interest in sport. It was 2004 when Naomi was offered the chance to join Great Britain’s Adaptive Rowing Team, she seized this opportunity. Finally, this was something she could do because of her visual limitation rather than being told she couldn’t because of it.

Naomi competed in the Mixed Coxed Four winning six World Championship Gold Medals, a Paralympic Bronze Medal in Beijing and at the London 2012 Games she became Paralympic Champion. Riches was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing. In 2016, she became the first woman to row the length of the River Thames, completing this in less than 48 hours. Naomi is now a keynote and motivational speaker, drawing on her sporting and business experiences to motivate and inspire.

Image © Anita Ross Marshall


22nd April 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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