Last Wednesday the RBAI Rowing Stern Parents hosted a talk and Q&A session with London 2012 Silver-Medal winning rower Richard Chambers.
Richard is originally from Coleraine and has been a mainstay of the GB Rowing lightweight squad since winning a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Munich. Since then he has appeared at 3 Olympic Games, won another World Championship in the lightweight 4, won countless other medals at World Cups and World Championships and taken home the Silver medal in the lightweight 4 in London 2012. He was one of the best athletes in the GB lightweight squad for almost a decade and now, stepping away from competing, he will be taking on a new challenge as Assistant Head Coach at Cambridge University Boat Club.
The event was open to all comers and so the venue of Belfast Boat Club was packed out with 75 athletes of all ages and backgrounds eager to hear what separates the best from the rest. Richard spoke very well about his attitude, his motivation and his perspective on some important aspects of an athlete’s life, such as nutrition and injuries. A very enjoyable time was had by all who attended the talk and even more by those who stayed around to enjoy a bite to eat and a chance to talk to Richard one-to-one and have a close-up look at an Olympic medal.
A big thank you to all those who came to support the event, but a special mention to Richard for taking the time to journey over to Belfast, Gillian Hetherington for organising such a great evening, Gary Stitt from Sport Education NI for his help and to Belfast Boat Club for allowing us to stage the event there.
(Daniel Lowry (yr 13), Harry Hetherington (yr 14, RBAI Rowing Club Captain), Richard Chambers, Michael Gaston (RBAI Rowing Club Coach and Captain 2015-16)