Cambridge experts to have key role at The Rowers Conference

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 January 2018

Iliffe Media Ltd

National event to feature prominent figures from the city

Cambridge will have a central role to play at The Rowers Conference at Dorney Lake, Windsor on January 21.

The event is aimed at providing expertise and guidance to assist individuals, coaches, crews and clubs to get the most out of the sport.

There will be 16 speakers and presenters with a vast array of experience at the one-day conference, including international experts.

Former Cambridge University Boat Club chief coach Robin Williams will be sharing his tools for improving athlete performance, in particular how he developed Olympic gold medal-winning women’s pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover so successfully in such a short space of time.

Chair of British Rowing Annamarie Phelps, who learned to row at St John’s College and represented the university, will discuss how to promote access to the sport for women and girls.

Current Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club chief coach Rob Baker will look at balancing the demands of elite sport and academic schedules to train smart and effectively.

Dr Christof Schwiening, of the Cambridge University Neuroscience Department, will be talking about performance prediction and how it might be possible to use training to do this rather than testing.

Milosz Wrobel, who works with Cambridge University as a strength and conditioning coach, and Dr Conny Draper, a rowing telemetry expert who is a biomechanist, will also be presenting at the conference.

The keynote speaker will be Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport and GB’s most decorated female Olympic athlete.

There will also be talks on nutrition, physiology and physics and how they can be used to improve performance.

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