Twickenham RC coach wins national award

Corin Margetson, Twickenham Rowing Club’s Head Development Coach, has won the Amateur Rowing Association’s Development Coach of the Year award for 2008.

Judged by a panel of rowing experts, Corin’s dedication to bringing new people to the sport in the area meant he beat many other finalists to take the spoils.  Corin was presented with his award at the annual National Coaching Conference last week.

Corin has been at Twickenham Rowing Club for four years, and in that time has led 8 squads to many victories at domestic competitions.  Rowers, even in their novice season, have gone on to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta.  250 new rowers have learnt to row under Corin’s tenure and many of those have gone on to join the intermediate and senior squads, adding to the vibrancy of the club.

Corin was nominated unanimously by the Twickenham Rowing Club Committee after seeing the awards advertised in Rowing & Regatta magazine. 

He commented: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award from the ARA.  To win an award for coaching a sport I love is phenomenal.  Of course, the greatest reward for any rowing coach is to see complete beginners go on to achieve fantastic results as senior rowers and it’s something I will continue to savour over the next few years at Twickenham Rowing Club."

John Wastnage, Club Captain, commented: "Corin is fantastic and forms part of a coaching team here at Twickenham that I can only describe as inspirational. It is brilliant that his contribution to the club and to our hugely enjoyable and well-run adult courses has been recognised by our national governing body.  Success breeds success and I’m confident that the hard work of coaches like Corin helping to make rowing accessible to as many people as possible will see Twickenham remain one of the UK’s leading rowing clubs.  Well done Corin."

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