FORMER GB TEAM ROWER JOINS OXFORD UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BOAT CLUB COACHING TEAM

Jamie Alexander Kirkwood has been appointed as Assistant Coach of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club working alongside Chief Coach Ali Williams.

Armed with a wealth of rowing experience and knowledge, Jamie joins the club after four years of full time rowing with the GB Rowing Team on their road to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Throughout his own successful rowing career, Jamie garnered a number of accolades competing at multiple U23 European, World Cup and Senior World Rowing Championships whilst also becoming a World Champion in the lightweight four.

An Imperial College Boat Club alumni, Jamie is a sports science graduate and competed for Roehampton University at the European Rowing Championships winning a silver medal in the LM1x, World University Rowing Championships in the LM2x on top of numerous BUCS gold medals along the way. Jamie also has a number of other ‘Overall' wins at Events such Scullers Head, Pairs Head, Fours Head and 2 Henley Royal Regatta Medals to his name.

Commenting on his new role Jamie said; "I’m tremendously excited and honoured to have been appointed Assistant Coach at such a wonderful club and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve with the women come The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race. Drawing on my own personal rowing and coaching experience I hope to be able to transfer my skills in a way which will assist our crews to achieve the success Oxford expects."

As Assistant Coach, Jamie will provide the OUWBC squad with vital support for The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race, as well as National Trials and summer regattas. He will also have specific responsibility for coaching Osiris, the OUWBC Reserve Crew.

Chief Coach Ali Williams believes Jamie will be a real asset to the OUWBC training programme. “I’m absolutely delighted to have Jamie assisting me this year. He was a successful athlete in Team GB and I’m sure his experience, passion and real energy for rowing will have a hugely positive impact on our squad, helping us on our journey to The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race.”

The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race will take place on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 5.35pm.