Coaches and Support Team

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Rob Baker

Chief Coach

Rob’s coaching history speaks for itself, combining international and Tideway experience. Prior to his position at CUWBC, Rob lead the Irish U-23 team. Before that, he was Assistant Coach at the men’s Cambridge University Boat Club. He coached the winning Goldie crews (the men’s reserve boats) in 2006 and 2007, and acted as Head Coach in 2008 when the club won the Stewards’ Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

 

Rob’s attention to detail and endless strive for perfection permeates his squad, and he still creates an atmosphere of positive energy and collaboration. He succeeds in building squads in which his athletes simultaneously compete against each other all whilst always supporting each other. Rob is always open to chat and discuss any issues you may have. But if you go to him simply complaining, he’ll just tell you with a smile to ‘suck it up’.

 

“Seeing the students develop as athletes and as people is what I find so special and fun”

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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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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.

 

“Every day I am inspired by the commitment and passion shown by the members of our Squad”

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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.

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.”