Introducing our Committee Members for 2019/20
Matt began at UOG in 2017. Having experience with rowing and coaching from his home club Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club, Matt took on the challenge with very high aspirations. From coxing since he was 6 years old and rowing since he was 11, Matt was born and bred into a competitive rowing environment, he lives for the thrill of a race and takes pride in every progression made by both his athletes and the club itself.
Matt has been praised for this work ethic from the age of 15 after taking more of an active role in the management and coaching, and over the years has taken on the roles of Coach, Assistant Coach, Membership Secretary, Water Safety Officer, Web Admin, Social Media Manager and Bar Manager for various periods of time. We are excited to see where Matt can take his next steps in this sport through his coaching role.
What was the pinnacle of your rowing career?
The pinnacle of my rowing career would be my days in a J14 quad, since then my rowing career has been downhill but my coaching career grows stronger by the day.
What’s your current goal as a coach?
My current goal would be to get Glos Uni Rowing Club to a point where they are entirely self sustaining with a healthy income. In order to get to that point I need to do my part and produce the finest athletes and crews that can go to high level events and generate publicity to get the club noticed.
What do you expect from someone in a session?
I’d expect them to give me their best, I like people to realise their own achievements no matter how small those achievements may be so if I’m pushing someone and they’re giving me their best then that’s all I can ask for.
Jade joined the University of Gloucestershire in September 2017 as a rower. With past experience in sculling, sweep and gig rowing in Cornwall, and being a sports scholar at UOG, she became an asset to the team with a number of successes, including being in 2 winning Varsity crews in 2019. She took on the role of Freshers coach last year to aid Matt in coaching new members to the best of their abilities, helping the club thrive and grow.
Jade is currently in the process of completing her Level 2 British Rowing Coach qualification and is coaching the Atlantic Challenge team in the lead up to the contest in Russia in 2020. With the qualification, she plans to continue to coach the University of Gloucestershire rowing team, as well as her home club, Castle Dore Rowing Club.