Jürgen Grobler shortlisted for 2017 World Rowing Award

Jürgen Grobler has overseen eight Olympic gold medal-winning British boats since 1992 – coaching at least one champion at the last seven Olympic Games


Jurgen Grobler at 2017 World Rowing Cup II, Poznan © Naomi Baker

Jürgen Grobler has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Distinguished Services to International Rowing category at the 2017 World Rowing Awards.

Grobler has made an outstanding contribution to British rowing over the past 25 years, overseeing a golden period for Great Britain’s senior men’s squad at the Olympic Games stretching back to 1992.

He has coached at least one gold medal-winning boat in each of the past seven Games, and returned home from Rio 2016 with two gold medal-winning crews in the men’s four and the men’s eight, which he co-coached with Christian Felkel.

Sir Steve Redgrave was the start of Grobler’s era in Britain, with the coach helping Redgrave win three of his five gold medals between 1992 and 2000. Redgrave’s last victory, alongside Sir Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell, was the first of five successive men’s four Olympic gold medals for Great Britain – a run that continued at Rio 2016.

In total, Grobler has coached eight Olympic gold medal boats and 20 World Rowing Championship crews during his time in Britain.

Grobler joins other rowing greats from across the world including John Boultbee (Australia), Morten Espersen (Denmark), Dominic Casey (Ireland), and Nicholas Ee (Singapore).

The award winners will be announced on Friday, 8 December 2017. The winners will then be honoured that same day at a gala dinner during the 2017 World Rowing Coaches Conference in London.

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