Jennie Farmer - Head of Rowing and Senior Rowing Coach
Miss Farmer started her rowing career after being selected for the Great Britain talent identification scheme: World Class Start. Whilst studying at Loughborough for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Miss Farmer trained with numerous GB development squads before breaking into the senior team in 2009, winning World Cup medals, and being selected for the European Championship 8+. Prior to rowing, Miss Farmer was a national level swimmer and an accomplished rugby player captaining England at U16, U18 and U19 level going on to become the youngest ever captain of the Senior England ‘A’ team, coming 2nd at the Senior European Championships at age 18. Miss Farmer is a level 2 qualified coach who has previously worked at and won national medals at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, as well as working at Melbourne Girls Grammar School in 2010, the National Champions in Australia that year. Miss Farmer has coached crews to numerous Schools Head, Scullery and National Schools’ medals ranging from J14 to J18 including coaching the SWPS J18 2- to National Schools Championship gold in 2011. Miss Farmer has prepared girls for Junior GB teams and has coached athletes to achieving international gold medals at both a J16 and J18 level. Miss Farmer is currently studying for a MSc in Strength & Conditioning, with a particular focus on female adolescent strength and physical development for performance.
Jonathan Keir - Assistant Head of Rowing and Senior Coach
Mr Keir started his coaching career at Sheffield Hallam University while he studied for a degree in Business before moving on to teach GCSE and A Level Business Studies in conjunction with his coaching responsibilities at Windsor Boys’ School. While at Windsor Boys he coached several crews to an impressive tally of one gold, three silvers and two bronze medals at a variety of National competitions between 2011 and 2014. Mr Keir was also involved in the Windsor Boys Henley Royal Regatta finalist crew as an assistant coach in 2014 and most recently was a member of the GB Rowing support team for the 2015 and 2016 Coupe De La Jeunesse in Hungary and Poland. Mr Keir is a Level 2 qualified coach in both Rowing and Strength and Conditioning. He is also currently completing the UKCC Level 3 qualification in Rowing Coaching.
Karen Bennett - Rowing Coach
Miss Bennett studied at St.Mary’s University before becoming an international rower and is currently a full-time professional athlete. Her rowing career highlights so far include winning Silver in the Rio Olympics Women's 8s, silver in the women’s coxless four at the 2015 World Championships, gold in the coxless four at the World University Championships and a host of domestic wins at National Championships and Henley Women’s Regatta.
Chris Boddy - Elite Rowing Coach
Mr Boddy started rowing in school at the age of 12. During this time he won numerous medals at the National Championships, National Schools’ Regatta, Schools’ Head and Home International Regatta. Two months after being talent-ID'd by the GB Rowing team upon leaving school, he was selected to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, and within two years he had competed at two U23 World Championships, and received an invitation to train with the Senior squad at the National Training Centre in Caversham. In his career as a lightweight rower, Mr Boddy competed in multiple World Cup regattas, two World Championships and two European Championships; the highlight being a bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships in the Lightweight Men’s Double. After ending his career as a lightweight, Mr Boddy made the transition to heavyweight rowing based at the prestigious Leander Club in Henley. He was Vice-Captain of the club for two years, made the A-final of the GB April Trials in 2015 and rediscovered his love for the sport. He finished his competitive rowing by winning the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 2016; the realisation of a childhood dream. Mr Boddy has coached rowing and strength & conditioning at numerous schools and clubs throughout his sporting career and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He is keen to combine his own experiences of navigating his schooldays as a rower with all that he has learnt from ten years in elite sport, to deliver an excellent experience to all those at SWPS rowing.