Coaching Team

Coaching team

Head coach – Nick Fulton
Having rowed throughout his time at Hampton School, Nick started coaching within Oxford University. He headed the rowing programmes at Balliol, Jesus, Brasenose, and St Edmund Hall colleges from 2012-2014, coaching rowers from complete novices to ex-junior international standard. He achieved some impressive results with a total record of up 37 and down 2. He believes strongly in developing raw talent having nurtured novice athletes into each of the Oxford squads (OUBC, OUWBC, OUWLRC, OULRC) after a single year of rowing. 

In 2014/15, Nick was part of the coaching staff at Columbia University Lightweights that produced that best result in the programme's history. The varsity eight finished the year having won 9/10 races in the spring season, silver medalists at the Eastern Sprints and again silver at the IRA National Championships in both the lightweight eight and coxed fours before finally bowing out as Temple Challenge Cup semi-finalists and the fastest qualifier of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley. He also worked as an interim-head coach at Weybridge Rowing Club for their summer racing season, picking up 11 medals at National Masters and two Henley Masters wins.

Nick's main roles include leading the coaching of the senior and racing masters squads and overseeing volunteer coaches to ensure the whole club from novice to senior level adhere to a consistent technical model within a clear development pathway. Having graduated with a degree in Physiology from Oxford, he has a scientific evidence-based approach to training and continues to keep up to date with the latest research and take inspiration from programming in other sports. 

Senior Women’s lead coach - Gary Lovejoy

Gary started his coaching career in 2009 after 15 years of competitive rowing. Since that time he has been head coach at two Tideway clubs, Putney Town and Mortlake RC. His crews have achieved winning successes at national multi-lane regattas as well as reaching several Women's Henley finals and some of them winning.

Since that time he has coached large club squads as well as individuals on a one on one basis, coaching from novice right through to those who are attending GB trials. Gary adopts a clear technical methodology to his coaching of athletes, as well as a tough approach on the need for the correct strength and conditioning needed to win.

Gary is the new lead coach for the senior women’s squad bringing his wide-ranging experience to the senior coaching team.

Senior Men’s lead coach – Adam Berry

Adam joins us from Boston Rowing Club, where he was appointed the head coach. Adam is well qualified after studying Sports Development & Coaching (Bsc) and is currently completing his Level 3 Coaching Award.

He has developed a wide range of rowers including guiding a junior athlete to a bronze medal in the W1x at Coupe de a Jeunesse and a top 5 finish in the Champ 1x at National Schools. He has also led crew to Henley qualification including a top 10 finish at Ghent International Regatta in the W2x. He was a consultant coach for another Junior Irish Athlete who won silver in the Irish Championship in the JW1x & bronze in the JW2x & was also selected for the Irish Home International Squad in 2016.

Adam is the new senior men’s squad lead coach and completes the senior squad coaching team for 2016/2017.

GB Start coach – Dan Cooper
Dan has been coaching the Start programme at Twickenham RC since the club became one of the ten GB Rowing Team Start centre across the country, in 2013.

Dan’s sporting background is in Rugby and Dance and he didn’t take up rowing, coxing and coaching until he went to Swansea University to study a BSC and MSc in Sports Science. Whilst involved in SURC he coxed the Swansea University RC men’s eight in the inaugural Welsh Boat Race.

Following his graduation from Swansea Uni, Dan worked with London Youth Rowing as an ARA Community Coach.  After a year he then took on the role of LYR Head Coach based at Lea RC, a position he held for five years. During his time at Lea RC, Dan was an Olympic Torch bearer for the London 2012 Games, having been nominated by the athletes at the club.

Dan’s major achievements include taking the Lea RC Champ W.J2x to win, in record time, at the National Schools Championships in 2013 and coaching Abigail Armstrong & Maddy Badcott to gold and silver medals in the women’s double scull at the 2013 Coupe de la Jeunesse.

Coxing development coach – Paul Davis
Paul is the current President of the Boat Club and was a member of the coaching team throughout the 1990s. Having learnt to cox at Tiffin School, Paul coxed at the newly formed Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association coming 6th at Head of the River towards their run in the Grand Challenge Cup in 1983. He then went on to represent GB, coxing the GB Men’s Lightweight Eight to 7th at the World Championships. He has long since taken a step back but remains a great asset to our coxing development squad hosting our fortnightly coxing seminars whilst acting as a guiding light to the dark arts of a coxswain. 

Head of Strength and Conditioning - James Evans

James is a personal trainer with qualifications in strength and conditioning and kettlebell training. He has coached at TwRC since 2008 with responsibility for senior men and women as well as introducing many novices to strength training.

Novice group coaching team:

Oliver Cobb
Ollie has been at Twickenham RC for over 15 years and has led the coaching of the novice group for 6 years. A great deal of the current senior squad have passed through his tutelage. 

Paul McCarter
Paul is the current Chairman of the club and keen to assist training the next group of novices to come through the system. Forever enthusiastic for anything TwRC.

Antony Cox
Antony is an ex-senior squad oarsmen who has begun coaching the novice squad from this season.

Liz Bushby
Liz was the intermediate women's coach for last season and is excited to join the novice coaching team.

Club group coaching team:

Our club group coaching team consist of enthusiastic ex-rowers who are keen to give back to the club and ensure that there is a thriving section for those not able to train as frequently as the racing squads but would like to get out in boats 1-3 times a week to get fit, enter local regattas and get involved in the social side of the club.

Junior coaching team:

Lucy Primmer
Lucy first took up rowing at the age of 16 at Guildford Rowing Club. She quickly found success, winning a number of regattas in her J18 year, as well as competing at both the 2011 Junior National Schools and the 2010 & 2011 Henley Women’s Regattas (HWR). Along with this, she began coaching the younger and less experienced juniors at the club, as well as some crews from the masters squad. At University of Bristol, she achieved a master in Chemistry and continued her development with medals at BUCS and Reading regatta as well as qualifying at HWR. During her time in Bristol, she was also involved in the organisation and coaching of a variety of university squads. Lucy is now a level 2 qualified rowing coach and will be the new lead coach of the thriving junior section, alongside her own competitive rowing training.

Amy Grieve
Amy has been rowing for 12 years training as a full time athlete winning international and national regattas. She is heavily involved with the youth sport trust and working with young people to encourage sports in schools throughout the North West of England and through this was selected as one of four young ambassadors to go to the 2008 Olympics with team GB. Amy has coached at a variety of clubs including Sir William Borlase, Wallingford and Liverpool university and taking all to national regattas and is now using that experience to support continued development of the junior section.

Andrew Hale

Andy has been coaching for 10 years now and has extensive coaching experience having run the rowing programmes as head coach at Cygnet RC, London School of Economics, Tyrian Club and assisting at University of Derby and Stratford upon Avon. For the past 3 years, he has been involved at Twickenham RC and balances this role with being the lead boatman at the club.