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Thames appoints Dave Loveday as women’s coach

Dave Loveday

Thames Rowing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Loveday as its new women’s coach.

Dave will work closely with head coach Ben Lewis and men’s coach Sander Smulders to develop the women’s programme at Thames, building on the success of the 2016/17 season which saw two Henley Women’s Regatta wins.

They will be supported by the club’s team of experienced volunteer coaches.

Dave joins Thames from coaching positions at St Paul’s School and Imperial College. He has taken crews to wins at National Schools Regatta and finals at Henley Royal Regatta and also brings extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach.

He has worked at the club before, having previously looked after the strength and conditioning programme for London Youth Rowing’s junior high performance programme at Thames.

As a rower, Dave raced at a high level, winning four Home International Regatta gold medals and gold and two bronze medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Regatta. He reached the final of the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta when racing for Sport Imperial BC.

Dave said: “I’m really excited to be leading the women’s squad next year. Thames has an amazing history in women’s rowing, it’s really special to become part of that legacy and I’m looking forward to building on the club’s recent success.”

Dave replaces Bill Lucas, who left Thames earlier in the season to take up a role as assistant coach for the Swiss national rowing team.

Training for the senior squads will begin on Saturday 2 September. Interested athletes should contact men@thamesrc.co.uk or women@thamesrc.co.uk for more details.

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