Joanne Harris |

How to find and keep your coxes

Finding, training and retaining coxes is a constant challenge in most clubs. Joanne Harris explores what clubs can do to be somewhere coxes – new and experienced – want to be

To those who do not know much about rowing, the role of a cox is often misunderstood, characterised as “the little person shouting” or just a case of steering. But most rowers would vigorously contest this image, aware that an eight is really a nine and an experienced cox can make the difference between winning and losing, or a good outing and a bad one.

It is easy for a club’s focus to slip to recruiting and coaching rowers – because there are simply more of them, and most coaches are ex-rowers – leaving coxes’ development to one side.


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