Rowing is extremely popular here at SWPS and one of the School's major sports.
Rowing starts in the form of a the ‘Ready To Row’ Strength and Conditioning sessions in Year 7 & 8, progressing to a Water Learn to Row camp in the summer of Year 8.
Rowing in Year 9 becomes a full co-curricular option. We then offer a performance pathway from Year 10 onwards for those looking to be competitive in the sport, but also offer a recreational route as part of games afternoons.
In recent years SWPSBC has had rowers competing for Great Britain at junior level as well as racing at Henley Royal Regatta against some of the best school crews in the world.
- Mr Jonathan Keir || Head of Rowing
- Mr Chris Boddy || Assistant Head of Rowing
- Miss Rachel Arnold || Rowing Coach
- Mr Jonathan Jackson || Boatman & Rowing Coach
- Miss Lucy Primmer || Rowing Coach
- Miss Rebecca Edwards || Rowing Coach
Mr Keir started his coaching career at Sheffield Hallam University whilst he studied for a degree in Business and Marketing before moving on to teach GCSE and A Level Business Studies in conjunction with his coaching responsibilities at The Windsor Boys’ School. Mr Keir is a level two qualified rowing coach and also hold a level two qualification in Strength and Conditioning. Whilst at Windsor Boys he coached several crews to an impressive tally of six medals in three years, at a variety of National competitions. Mr Keir was also involved in the Windsor Boys Henley Royal Regatta finalist crew as an assistant coach in 2014. Mr Keir joined SWPSBC in September 2014 initially as Boathouse Manager and Rowing Coach, taking over responsibility for running the senior group of athletes in November 2015. Mr Keir was a member of the GB Rowing Team support staff from 2015-2017 at the Coupe De La Jeunesse in Hungary, Poland and Belgium respectively as well as more recently coaching the womens' double scull to a bronze medal at the 2018 Coupe de la Jeunesse in Cork, Ireland. Having taken over as Director of Rowing in November 2017 Mr Keir is keen to continue developing the quality of athletes that come through SWPSBC and helping the boat club to continue its progress in national and international competition.
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.
Miss Arnold started rowing when she was 12 and raced competitively for 8 years. During this time she competed at The National Schools Regatta, Schools Head picking up many medals along the way. Miss Arnold represented Scotland at The Home International Regatta on four occasions from 2008-2011. Miss Arnold began her coaching career in 2013 where she helped the development squad at Strathclyde. This involved coaching complete beginners and developing their skill set to be able to move into the performance rowing group. Realising that she enjoyed helping others learn new skills and being able to share her own rowing success with others led her to complete an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde University in Sport Science. During her four years at University she completed many different sporting placements working with athletes from Glasgow University and Sport-Scotland coaching both Rowing and Strength and Conditioning. Having rowed through School and University she is eager to encourage and support others to do the same and help them achieve sporting success alongside their academic studies.
Mr Jackson started rowing when he was 13 at Upper Thames rowing club in Henley. He raced at The National Schools Regatta and British Rowing Championships on several occasions, the highlight of which was winning a silver medal in the J16 quad event. Mr Jackson the moved to Leander Club aged 18, and went on to race at The U23 World Championships 3 times, winning 2 bronze medals. During his stay at Leander club Mr Jackson served as Vice Captain for 2 years from 2016-2018. Domestically Mr Jackson won The Head of the River fours in 2017 and also raced in the final of The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta again in 2017. As a coach Mr Jackson combined his training with coaching roles at Pangbourne College, Shiplake College and Oratory School.
Miss Primmer took up rowing at the age of 16 at Guildford Rowing Club after 10 years of competitive swimming. She took to the sport quickly and competed at National Schools Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta over the following 2 years.
The rowing craze continued through university, where alongside gaining a Masters in Chemistry, she picked up medals at multiple BUCS heads and regattas. At Bristol University, she was also involved in the organisation and coaching of a variety of squads. In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded full colours from the university for her dedication to the boat club and the sport.
After university in 2015, Miss Primmer started full time rowing training with Molesey Boat Club. Since then she has come in the top 5 at Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and won at Henley Women’s Regatta 3 years in a row. As well as competing for England in 2017, Miss Primmer raced in the final of The Town Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2018.
Miss Primmer coached the expanding Twickenham Rowing Club junior squad from 2015-2017, where she became a level 2 rowing coach and a level 2 Strength and Conditioning coach.
Miss Primmer balances coaching at SWPS, alongside her full time rowing training and trialling for the GB rowing team.
Miss Edwards started rowing in her fresher year at Queens University Belfast. During her time at Queens Miss Edwards won 3 silver medals at BUCS regatta and won the Irish National Championships in the w8+. She represented Great Britain and won a bronze medal at the FISU World University Championships in the w4- in 2016.
After graduating from Queens she joined Molesey Boat Club placing 3rd at WEHORR, winning Henley Women's Regatta Senior w8+ in 2017 and Elite w4- in 2018. Her highlights of the 2018 domestic racing season were reaching the final of the Town Challenge Cup (w4-) at Henley Royal Regatta and competing at the FISU World University Championships in Shanghai for Great Britain in 2018. Miss Edwards won gold in both the w8+ and w4- at this event.
Miss Edwards began coaching at SWPS in 2017 and combines her coaching exploits with her rowing training at Molesey Boat Club.
The Boat Club was opened in 2016 as part of the School's Building Development programme and is situated at Laleham Reach, a short distance from the School.
SWPS Boat Club