Martin Gough |

‘I’m a big believer that winning is important, but winning is more than a gold medal around their neck’

Windsor Boys’ School and their director of rowing Mark Wilkinson are showing it is possible to have success at the highest level while offering meaningful opportunities for athletes at every level. Martin Gough finds out more

Around sport at the moment, there is a growing feeling that medals are not the best way to measure the success of a programme or its coaches. Arguably, what is more important is the effect that the sport has on an individual and the legacy it leaves.

However, over the last decade the Windsor Boys’ School and their director of rowing Mark Wilkinson have done a good job of ticking both boxes.

Having made the final of the Fawley Challenge Cup for quadruple sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 2014 and ‘16, they won back-to-back titles in 2017 and ‘18, setting a new course record in the second year.

From those crews, Tom Smith and Bryn Ellery were in the Great Britain quads, coached by Wilkinson, that took silver medals at the World Rowing Junior Championships each year.


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