Nick Baker took over from Tom Dyson early in 2022 as Paralympic Head Coach of the GB Rowing Team. He spoke to Martin Gough about the challenges of building his own culture with just over two years until the start of the next Games in Paris
Having coached the Paralympic Team since 2013, Baker brings immense wealth of knowledge and experience to his new job. Nevertheless, he’s acutely aware that Dyson is a hard act to follow; under his leadership, the team won six of the 12 gold medals available at the last three Paralympic Games.
So Baker views taking the helm of the GB Paralympic rowing squad is a akin to following Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.
“I’m a relatively cool cookie,” he says, “but the one bit of pressure I am aware of is that I’ve taken on a programme that’s been successful for such a long time that there is pressure to keep it going.”(more…)