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Rowing Futures – Conference

16th November 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Rowing Futures: Inspiration, engagement & the future

Saturday 16 November, 9.30am – 5.30pm

A full day conference debating the future of the sport, innovations in format and the growth of indoor rowing, as well as an exclusive opportunity to hear from pioneers in rowing and the chance to meet current GB Rowing Team rowers.

The conference also offers participants an opportunity to see an exciting new display in the rowing gallery, telling the inspirational story of women’s rowing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2000 through to Tokyo 2020.  A unique installation will tell the fascinating story of the iconic ‘Unbeaten Boat’, the 2012 racing hull that never lost a race.

Sessions will include an insider’s view on the GB Rowing Team’s preparation for Tokyo 2020, how competitive rowing is embracing new formats such as beach sprints and adaptive rowing, and how young people are being welcomed into the sport at grass root level.

Often seen as the preserve of the elite, the River & Rowing Museum – in partnership with British Rowing – will be showing how the world of rowing is changing.


  • Brendan Purcell, Performance Director, GB Rowing Team
  • GB Rowing Team, two members of the current team
  • Clare Holman, Lead Coach for Indoor Rowing for the UK Invictus Team and Go Row Indoor British Rowing
  • David Tinnion, COO London Youth Rowing
  • Steve O’Connor, CEO, Fulham Reach Rowing Club
  • Richard Sinnott & Ben Dunne, Warrington Youth Rowing
  • Andy Triggs-Hodge OBE, triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Regatta London
  • Mark Davies, Chair, British Rowing
  • Guin Batten Olympic medal-winning rower and Chair of the Women’s Head of the River Race
  • Chris Dodd, rowing journalist and historian

The Conference Chair is Dr Robert Treharne Jones – Olympic commentator, rowing historian, and president of Castle Dore Rowing Club.

Gala Reception and Dinner
Friday 15 November 2019, 6.30 – 10pm

A gala event on the evening before the conference will celebrate the launch of the new women’s rowing display in the International Rowing Gallery.  The highlight of the new display, The Unbeaten Boat, helped Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to win the first Olympic Gold for Team GB at the London 2010 Games.  We are delighted that Helen Glover and Coach Robin Williams will be our guests of honour, taking part in a Q&A session chaired by Olympic rowing medallist Greg Searle.

A drinks reception at 6.30, will be followed by a delicious three course dinner, including wine, tea and coffee.

Dress code: smart casual.

The River & Rowing Museum acknowledges with warm thanks the generous support of Clive Radley towards the conference.

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Rowing Futures Conference


16th November 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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