The Cambridge University Boat Club have announced the appointment of Richard Chambers to the role of Assistant Coach.
31-year-old Richard was born in Coleraine, Ireland, and succeeds Ed Green who has moved to take on the task of building the rowing programme at Millfield School. Richard started rowing at the Coleraine Academical Institution at the age of 14. In 2003 he moved to the UK to study at Oxford Brookes University and row at their University Boat Club. He was soon picked up by the National Team and started an illustrious career as a Lightweight, first medalling at an U23 World Championships before stepping up into the Senior Team. He was in the National Team from 2006 to 2016, winning medals in rowing and sculling at World Cup Regattas, European Championships and World Championships. He is a veteran of three Olympic Games, the highlight of his career being a Silver Medal in the Lightweight Men’s Four at London 2012.
Richard is a UKCC Accredited Coach and has developed his coaching skills as Lead Coach at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford as well as being crew coach to the 2009 GB Lightweight Men’s Pair who finished 5th at the World Championships.
As Assistant Coach, Richard will hold a key supporting role in preparing the CUBC squad for the annual University Boat Race, as well as National Trials and summer regattas. He will also have specific responsibility for coaching Goldie, the CUBC Reserve Crew.
On his appointment to the position Richard Chambers said; “The Boat Race is steeped in history dating back to 1829 when the first challenge was raced on the 10 June. It is a unique race with a fierce rivalry between two Universities. This is why I am excited to be appointed the role of Assistant Coach at CUBC. It will be a privilege to work with some of the greatest athletes in University sport. I am looking forward to the 2017 Boat Race campaign and I hope to bring my knowledge of being a recent Olympic athlete into the set up to help guide the current athletes and also to assist the development of the CUBC rowers of the future.”
Chief Coach Steve Trapmore, MBE believes that Richard is a hugely positive addition to the CUBC programme. “I’m really excited to bring someone with Richard’s wealth of training and racing experience to the coaching team at CUBC. He has been an integral member of the most successful international rowing team in the world for almost a decade and will further strength the momentum that we have built at CUBC. I very much look forward to working with him as we prepare for the 2017 and subsequent Cancer Research UK Boat Races.”