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Great Coaching: Setting standards with Paul Stannard

Earlier this year Paul Stannard was appointed as Men’s Olympic Head Coach for the GB Rowing Team, moving from leading the men’s sculling programme. As Lead Sculling Coach, Stannard led the British men to a stunning silver for the men’s quadruple scull at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, continuing a run of success which began with a historic world championship bronze in 2013. Joanne Harris caught up with him to talk about his coaching priorities

Stannard’s career as a coach stretches back quite a while; to his days as a junior rower, in fact. He started out on a learn-to-row course at Kingston RC before taking it up properly at Hampton School, and he dabbled in coaching while still at school himself.

“As an athlete I had some very good coaches, learned a lot, loved the sport and had a lot of fun,” Stannard says, explaining his motivation for getting into coaching more seriously.


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