Catherine Larner |

‘In just one season we’ve done amazing things because of the coaching direction’

Globe Rowing Club has a five-year coaching development plan so it can welcome more people from the local community to the club. Development coach Jess Strangward tells Catherine Larner about her journey with Globe

With thousands of ideas fizzing in her head, Jess Strangward needs structure, consistency and accountability to manage her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). And she’s found that rowing has proved the perfect antidote.

“Exercise is good,” she says, “but this is a sport which engages you mentally as well as physically. Rowing is repetitive, dependable and soothing, and it’s the only thing which shuts up the noisy half of my brain so that the other half can think. Rowing is honestly the quietest place I can be.”

Having long had a yearning to try rowing, it was sampling all the Olympic sports in 2012 that finally set her on the path. She discovered Globe Rowing Club through a Google search when she moved to south-east London in 2015 and immediately embarked on a learn to row course.

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