JESS HARRIS - Level 1 rowing coach

Jess took up the opportunity to become one of Tyne & Wear Sports talent coaches, accessing several training workshops as well as a Tyne & Wear coaching bursary to support her ongoing coaching journey. 

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Tell us about your background I rowed for 6 years as a junior myself in Durham, with great local and national successes. However, my university rowing was cut short due to injury, leading me to take up coaching at the local club.


Best thing about being a coach/volunteer I love watching the squad grow together over time, becoming mature young adults. I know how much my coaches impacted my life, so it is an honour to be able to do the same for others. (The winning is good, too!)


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What’s your coaching/volunteer role I am the junior coach at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club


Who’s your role model or inspiration All of my own previous coaches and the team I am part of today, I would class as my role models. I try to use ideas from all resources to learn, and improve the work we do. Special thanks to Gordon Beattie (Durham ARC), without whom I would not have fallen in love with rowing.


Have you faced or overcome any barriers in relation to your coaching Conflicting opinions can sometimes be a battle, but nothing a good old conversation and compromise can’t sort out!

Advice to other coaches/volunteers looking to get started My advice is to remember the three P's patience, positivity, and progression! 


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