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Grainger supports new university appointment 25/08/2010

Olympic rower Katherine Grainger has welcomed the creation of a new coaching post to help develop the sport in Scotland.

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Olympic rower Katherine Grainger has welcomed the creation of a new coaching post to help develop the sport in Scotland.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist says the new post - backed by the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Rowing - will help more young rowers compete at the highest level.

The post of Head of Performance Rowing / Performance Development Coach is to be advertised this week. It will be the first professional rowing coaching job to be based at a Scottish university.

Grainger, 34, who learned to row as a student at the University of Edinburgh, said:
“University rowing is a proven pathway for talented athletes into international teams. I always had a passion and enthusiasm for rowing but my own sporting career only took off at Edinburgh University when I was with someone who was a great coach in his own right and also had a clear vision of how things should be.”

The Olympian, who is Honorary President of Scottish Rowing, added: "I am thrilled to see my former University investing in high performance coaching. This new position is one that could change the face of rowing in Scotland."

The new post holder will be based at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Sport and Exercise where a £4.5million extension was recently opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Included in the new development is a rowing gymnasium, named after Grainger who was also inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
The University’s Director of Sport and Exercise, Jim Aitken MBE, believes that the new
Head of Performance Rowing will complement the existing portfolio of professional coaches to create a winning performance culture within the University.

“Over the last couple of years we have recognised that in order for our students to compete at the highest level, we need to attract the best coaches to coordinate our performance programmes."

We now have Heads of Performance in Swimming, Archery, Orienteering and Hockey and I am confident that this new post will take our already successful Boat Club to a new level.” said Atkins

The role of Scottish Rowing’s Performance Development Coach, which is funded by sportscotland, will be to continue to implement the Scottish Rowing Performance Plan which has yielded significant success this summer.
Scotland finished second overall, behind hosts Canada, at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships at the Welland International Flatwater Centre in Ontario, whilst medals were won by Scottish athletes at both the World Junior and Under 23 Championships. Scottish Rowing’s High Performance Co-ordinator, Lee

Boucher, added, “The link with the Higher Education sector is vital to creating a pathway for our most talented athletes to progress through and I am excited about what this partnership can bring to the table.

“Scottish athletes have enjoyed significant medal success representing Great Britain at junior level over the past few years, so I am hopeful that with the creation of a high performance centre in Scotland, we can offer our best athletes an opportunity to combine their rowing and education locally, without the need to look further afield.”

The vacancy is currently available on the BUCS website by clicking here


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