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Applying British Rowing Technique - Robin Williams

By: Robin Williams 
From: Thames Regional Rowing Council: 7th March 2006
Article Link: Applying British Rowing Technique - British Rowing 

High Performance Rowing's Editors Note

Robin Williams (High Performance Coach for the Women & Lightweights in the build up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games). Robin Williams worked alongside the late Harry Mahon coaching Cambridge University. Robin later took over as chief coach and had numerous successes from 1995 onwards.

Robin Williams, former CUBC and UK Rowing coach explained his successful approach. He suggested that the most important thing is a person or persons establishing a culture of success from the top down.

 Principles make a difference. it’s necessary to be realistic and be optimistic; let's set a goal and work out the first step. 'High Performance' is about doing something the best way. The process of desiring success starts with Recreation leading to Appetite and then Ambition, ending finally with Determination, with an important role for Self-belief and Will Power.

 Rowing is about working as a group and bonding. It takes time to establish the right culture. Coaches are a team too. Everyone has a job to do! Where do you start? You, start with a dream, this leads to self-belief. It’s necessary to focus on processes, rather than outcomes. Assess risks and, where necessary, change processes. Measure success, review and then improve. It helps to start from the basics. Dreams can come true but the dream is the last inch. It's a series of steps. Ambition is the fuel. Appetite starts it off. Most important thing is to create a good purposeful atmosphere; a space with desire.

 Great Britain’s recent lightweight successes can be attributed to the program Robin Williams set up.

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