Phoebe Horan |

‘I’ve never experienced that feeling on a bike – it was just pure elation and happiness for them’

As Senior Coach at Hampton School, Helen Taylor is one of the few female coaches at an all-boys school. Phoebe Horan from Junior Rowing News finds out more

Helen Taylor has become a household name on the junior rowing circuit, as a well-established coach with over 10 years of experience. Nothing unusual to see here, most would say. Except Helen is one of a select few female coaches currently in situ at an all-boys school. Having driven Molesey’s junior squad to impressive heights over a four-year stint, she was recruited for the top job at Hampton in 2018.

Helen was first introduced to rowing during her time at Oxford University after previously competing as a national swimmer at school. When we sat down with Helen, she told us what made her fall in love with the sport.

“For me, it is the idea that you constantly improve and there is no perfect stroke,” she explained. “However, there are so many ways to get better through buying into boat feel, technique and then off the water physicality and strength training as well as the mental side of the sport.”


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