The World Class Start centre at Twickenham was established in 2013 and offers the WCS athletes exceptional support and encouragement to enhance their performance journey as individuals and as a squad.

The Centre has strong links to local schools and universities, including St Mary’s Twickenham – alma mater of Olympic medallists Moe Sbihi and Karen Bennett, both former WCS athletes.

Athletes come from a variety of backgrounds: talent transfers from other international and semi-pro sports, rowers who have taken the step up from club rowing as well as those with no prior training history.

The Twickenham World Class Start Centre’s recent achievements include:

  • Callum Dixon winning Gold at the U23 European Championships in Kruszwica, Poland

  • Oliver Quitmann – winner of M2x and 2nd in M4x representing England at the Home International Regatta 2019 and Henley Royal Regatta 2019 Diamond Sculls qualifier.

  • Vwaire Obukohwo – 3rd at World Urban Games 2019 and winner of the Henley  Women's Aspirational Sculls 2021.

  • Robyn Tallis & Sidnie Greenfield – finalists at Henley Women’s Regatta 2019.

  • Alex King, Archie Drummond & Adam Stephenson – Henley Royal Regatta 2019 qualifiers.

To find out more about the World Class Start Programme - click here