Rob Baker wins prestigious British Rowing award
PUBLISHED: 21:56 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 22:01 01 February 2018
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Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club chief coach earns major accolade
Rob Baker has won the Education Performance award in the British Rowing Coach of the Year Awards.
An influential figure at Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, the chief coach has led the programme through vast changes since his appointment in 2012.
During that time, the Women’s Boat Race moved to the Tideway in 2015, and last year, Baker oversaw a historic clean sweep, with the Light Blues winning the boat race, the reserve race with Blondie, the lightweights’ race and the two spare pair races – for the openweight and lightweights.
It was a feat that had not been achieved for 20 years.
Baker has been responsible for the development of many athletes during their time with the club, including Melissa Wilson and Holly Hill, who started rowing at university and progressed to representing Great Britain at the World Rowing Championships last year.
His crews have also won multiple medals at titles, including at the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and the British Rowing Senior Championships.
Dr Cath Bishop, CUWBC’s executive committee chair, said: “The versatility and commitment of Rob as CUWBC coach has enabled Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club to offer something to everyone who comes through the doors of Goldie, whether a novice or experienced international.
“His programme has seen universal improvement from all parts of the squad and is based on a strong culture of high support and high challenge in order to help all the student rowers to learn how to deliver their best on the water and at the same time in their studies.”
Baker will receive his award from double Olympic champion Alex Gregory on Saturday (February 3).