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Olympian Richard Chambers to join Cambridge University Boat Club coaching staff

New Cambridge University Boat Club assistant coach Richard Chambers
New Cambridge University Boat Club assistant coach Richard Chambers

New appointment at Cambridge University Boat Club

Olympic silver medallist Richard Chambers has been appointed assistant coach at Cambridge University Boat Club.

The 31-year-old will succeed Ed Green, who has moved to take on the task of building the rowing programme at Millfield School, and take on a supporting role in preparing the CUBC squad for the Boat Race and have specific responsibility for coaching the reserve Goldie crew.

Chambers started his rowing career at Coleraine Academical Institution when he was 14, and in 2003, he moved to England to study at Oxford Brookes University.

Chambers became part of the national squad and was part of the lightweight squad.

He won a silver medal with the lightweight men’s quadruple scull at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in 2005, and a year later won gold in the lightweight men’s pair.

Chambers was a regular on the podium at world cup regattas, European championships and world championships.

And the veteran of three Olympic Games won a silver medal in the lightweight men’s four in London.

He is a UKCC accredited coach, developing his coaching skills as lead coach at St Hilda’s College in Oxford.

CUBC chief coach Steve Trapmore said: “I’m really excited to bring someone with Richard’s wealth of training and racing experience to the coaching team at CUBC.

“He has been an integral member of the most successful international rowing team in the world for almost a decade and will further strengthen the momentum that we have built at CUBC.

“I very much look forward to working with him as we prepare for the 2017 and subsequent Cancer Research UK Boat Races.”

And Chambers said: “The Boat Race is steeped in history dating back to 1829, when the first challenge was raced on June 10.

“It is a unique race with a fierce rivalry between two universities. This is why I’m excited to be appointed to the role of assistant coach at CUBC. It will be a privilege to work with some of the greatest athletes in university sport.

“I am looking forward to the 2017 Boat Race campaign and I hope to bring my knowledge of being a recent Olympic athlete into the set up to help guide the current athletes but also the development of the CUBC rowers of the future.”

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