USRowing Coaching Education is taking advantage of the World Championships in Sarasota, Fla. by creating an opportunity for American coaches to engage with top international coaches.
The event will be broken up into six 55-minute sessions with each of the coaches getting their own time slot. A question-and-answer format will be followed with no formal presentations. This event will be from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The fee is $150 per person to cover the expenses of hosting the seminar.
Schedule and Event Information
Seminar will be held at the Finish Line Tower at Nathan Benderson Park.
Speakers & Presenters
There will be an organized seminar with six international coaches on Monday, October 2, 2017, the day after finals conclude at Nathan Benderson Park.
Noel Donaldson (Australia/NZ)
Head Coach of New Zealand Team; coached the “Oarsome Foursome” to gold at the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996, bronze in the men’s pair at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Australian team gold, silver, bronze at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004; coached New Zealand gold in the men’s pair at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Rene Mijnders (Netherlands)
Won 40 medals at World Championships and Olympic Games; coached gold-winning men’s eight at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, silver women’s eight at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, bronze women’s eight at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, silver women’s eight at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Paul Thompson (GBR)
Head Coach of GBR Women’s Team; Silver women’s quadruple sculls and women’s pair, bronze women’s double at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, gold women’s pair with coxswain at World Championships in Milan in 2003, gold women’s quadruple sculls World Championships in 2005, silver women’s quadruple sculls at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, gold women’s double at the London Olympic Games in 2012, three gold and two silver medals for women and lightweight women squads combined at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Ian Wright (Australia/Switzerland/NZ)
Head Coach of Australia Team; Gold lightweight men’s four at World Championships in 2015, gold lightweight men’s four at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Roger Barrow (South Africa)
First Olympic gold for South Africa lightweight men’s four at the London Olympic Games in 2012, gold men’s double and lightweight men’s double at World Championships in 2014, bronze men’s pair World Championships in 2014, silver men’s pair at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Josy Verdonkschot (Netherlands)
Head Coach of the Dutch Women’s Team; coached gold lightweight women’s double and silver women’s quad at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, gold lightweight women’s double at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008; interestingly majority of his athletes are undergraduates.
Uwe Bender (Germany)
Uwe Bender rowed himself for the National Team in years 1982-84. He started his coaching career in 1988 and for many years was a development coach for U23 team. Medalling many times at the World Championships with lightweight boats, including 2009 when his lightweight men’s four won gold. This year Coach Bender took over the German men’s eight with very convincing wins in Lucerne and the European Championships. This boat excels with the perfect catch and easy rhythm. One might ask,” how does one coach such a perfect front end?“