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Robert Weber

Chief Coach

Robert, a coach of multiple US Senior and Under 23 medal winning crews, joins Cambridge University from Hamilton College, New York, where he has been Head Rowing Coach and Associate Professor of Physical Education for the past four years.  In that time Robert has coached three “All Americans” – considered by US College Coaches to be the best rowers in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and numerous Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athletes. In 2015 Hamilton Varsity Eight achieved 3rd place in the NCAA Division 3 Championships, with the overall team placing 4th.

 

Robert has experience of working within an academic environment with both men and women alongside his US Rowing National Team role as Assistant Coach to the U.S. Women’s Senior and Under 23 Team for the last 5 years.  Robert coached last year’s CUWBC Blue Boat Stroke, Olivia Coffey, to her first World Championship Gold medal in 2013.

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Paddy Ryan

Assistant Coach

Paddy’s wealth of Tideway experience and know-how is a huge asset to the team. He spent six years at London Youth Rowing (LYR), during which he helped to grow the organisation from a small charity to a London-wide group which worked with over 9,000 teenagers last year. While there, he won multiple medals at the British Championships and guided many athletes through the GB Junior Trials. Before that, on moving to the UK in 2000, Paddy joined Thames Rowing Club and remains a member to this day. His time there saw TRC earn many Blue Ribbon wins including the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2006 (which he won as an athlete in 2003). Paddy began rowing at National Level began in his native Australia, going on to medal as an Under-23 sculler.

 

Although intimidatingly tall, Paddy’s kindness is unparalleled. His care and devotion to his athletes brings a special warmth to the club. On top of this, Paddy’s ability to adapt to any rower with patience and commitment, to bring out the best in each rower he works with, is striking.

 

“I am continually excited to have the opportunity to work with female athletes who are incredibly bright and it is exciting to think that I might help influence them as they help to shape the future of this country and the world.”

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Astrid Cohnen

Assistant Coach

Astrid joins the Cambridge University Rowing Coaching Team with a deep passion for rowing formed over several years of being an athlete and volunteer coach, and most recently being the Head Coach at one of the biggest student rowing clubs in the Netherlands.

 

Astrid has coached at National and International level for many years, taking Women and Lighweight Men’s crews to World U23 Championships. To compliment her skills learned through practical coaching, Astrid has taken many coaching courses and is educated with a BSc in Health Science, an MSc in Public Health and has completed a Master in Coaching at the Johan Cruijff Institute in the Netherlands.

 

“Key to building a successful Boat Race crew is the understanding that one is working with student athletes who want and need to meet the demands of their University programs. Being aware of and understanding the workload the students experience is crucial to developing well balanced training and race schedules.”

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James Lee

Club Coordinator

James works alongside the Coaching Team and the Executive Committee to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of operations for the Club. With a BA in Event Management and MSc in Sport Management, James brings a wealth of experience in sport administration having previously worked for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and the GB Rowing Team.

 

James has been involved in the sport since he was 16. He started coxing at school, and has coxed at various clubs and at varying levels since. James is also a qualified coach and has coached female students for many years. Gradually, James became indispensable in organising rowing events, including the BUCS 4s and 8s Head, BUCS Regatta, the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta and several events in Henley-On-Thames. He has also acted as GB Team Manager at the European Universities Rowing Championships since 2010.

 

James’ commitment, dedication and passion for CUWBC has revolutionised the club’s success. His door is always open for any chat, and his laugh and kind smile will never fail to cheer you up. Don’t try to compete with him on puns though; it’s a losing game.

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Samantha Rickaby

Accounts Manager

Sam manages the accounts and finances for all of the Cambridge University Boat Club teams, having joined us following ten years working for the NHS. Initially she worked as a therapy radiographer having gained her degree in Sheffield and spent a large amount of her career in Cambridge at Addenbrookes hospital. Five years ago she made the big decision to switch career paths into the world of finance but still continued to work for the NHS in St Ives.

 

Sam is one of the only members of the team not to have been a rower at university but this means she has a fresh pair of eyes and has already made an impact since joining in March 2018. Her NHS background also means she is very good at managing every penny of the CUWBC budget!

 

Sam is originally from Durham and a big Newcastle United fan! She loves a wide variety of music and more than anything loves her family, which includes a 2-year old son and a very lazy Dachshund called Jack. She also always has a smile on her face no matter what the numbers look like!

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Milosz Wrobel

S&C Coach

Milosz has over 6 years of experience in delivering Strength and Conditioning coaching to all type of athletes. He has worked for Cambridge S&C since 2012 and currently leads the University Women’s Rugby and Tennis Clubs’ S&C programmes. Milosz’s key interest lies within sport physiology, injury prevention and helping to develop young athletes.

 

In his spare time he throws his bar up and down performing Olympic lifts – always with a smile. He is currently juggling his Masters in Osteopathy with being a Dad to his 18-month old son and border collie!

 

His ruthless circuits and painful core sessions may be exhausting at the time, but Milosz knows what he’s doing and has achieved the results to prove so.

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Helen Davis

Sports Psychologist

Helen Davis is a Sport Psychology Consultant currently working towards chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Helen works with athletes, teams and coaches from a range of different sports developing mental skills to enhance performance.  She has experience of working with athletes competing at varying levels of competition; working with elite full time professionals at world championship level and fitness enthusiasts. Helen has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, is a sport psychologist for Swim England and runs her own sports psychology consultancy; think.believe.perform.    She is also a regular presenter around East Anglia at sports clubs, giving talks or running workshops.

 

Helen is also an active, competitive Masters and Open Water swimmer.  She has competed in regional, national and international competitions.  She is the current National Age Group Champion for 50m breaststroke.

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Tom Quantrell

Physiotherapist

Tom Quantrell BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP  – Tom holds a bachelor’s degree is Physiotherapy and a master’s degree in sports and exercise rehabilitation. Tom has worked in the NHS, private sector and with numerous sports to an elite level. Tom runs the physiotherapy and sports injury clinic at the University of Cambridge sports centre, Physioteq. Tom shares his time at the clinic and with the rowers with national and international teaching on the subject of children & adolescents with musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and working with the England hockey age group program.

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Kate Hays

Sports Psychologist

Kate has been working as an applied sport psychologist for the past thirteen years and joined CUWBC for the 2015 Boat Race season. In September 2015 Kate took over as Head of Performance Psychology for the English Institute of Sport. Whilst she has experience working with several sports, her primary contracts have been with British Diving and Harlequins Rugby Union team. In her role as a sport psychologist she has travelled extensively and has supported the diving team at several National and International competitions including the Olympic Games and World Championships, and Harlequins at all domestic and international competitions. As such, she has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the high performance sport environment, and the needs of a diverse range of elite athletes and coaches.

 

Kate is currently on maternity leave but will be returning to us later this season.

 

“I never cease to be impressed by the work ethic and commitment of the group who manage an incredible university load around a demanding athletic programme.”