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Katy Knowles becomes new assistant coach at Cambridge University Women and Lightweights Boat Clubs




Cambridge University Womens rowers at the new boathouse in Ely and on the river during a media call for The Boatrace 2017. Rowing stock . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16109608)
Cambridge University Womens rowers at the new boathouse in Ely and on the river during a media call for The Boatrace 2017. Rowing stock . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16109608)

Katy Knowles has joined Cambridge University Women and Lightweights Boat Clubs to help shape their 2020 Boat Races campaign.

She joins as assistant coach at the Light Blues to takeover the role previously held by Astrid Cohnen, and arrives from being the England Talent Pathway development coach at British Rowing in Norwich.

CUWBC chief coach Robert Weber said: “We’re excited to welcome Katy and introduce her to the squads.

“I’m confident that she’ll make a positive impact on our programme and bring some fresh ideas and help us provide our athletes with a great experience and help us produce the fastest crews possible.

“She’s worked with good athletes at the development level, so she brings a solid understanding of how to teach and how to communicate, which I think will resonate with our athletes.”

Knowles was a Henley Stewards Charitable Trust coach in Surrey, before becoming head coach at Weybridge Rowing Club where she helped five junior rowers gain GB representation.

In her talent development coach role, Knowles took athletes from complete beginners to winning national medals, and they have gone on to represent England at the Home International Regatta or Great Britain at the junior, under-23 and senior world championships.

Siobhan Cassidy, CUWBC chair, and Bruce Perry, CULRC vice-chair, said in a joint statement: “We are exceptionally pleased to welcome Katy as assistant coach.

“Her knowledge of rowing alongside her ability to create a positive team culture makes her well positioned to bring new energy to the role.”

“Her passion and commitment to developing athletes and identifying talent will enable her to expand our development squad programme and introduce innovative approaches to building on the pathway from college to university.”



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