Body position in the boat

9 May 2021

Sonia Waddell

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The other thing that I found really interesting with Harry is, he didn’t actually look at what was happening often above the water – he looked at what was happening in the water into the boat.

So he didn’t coach… he didn’t coach a body position. He didn’t say you need to rock over more or sit up more or, you know, stretch your back more or whatever. He coached…

Some, some people naturally row a little bit more hunched. Depending on your limb lengths and things, people’s rowing styles above the water can be all quite different. And that was all fine for Harry as long as your timing of the blade going in, and what that puddle was doing through the water and the way the boat was responding – as long as that was good, the other stuff didn’t really matter.

So I felt like I could get the best out of myself under his coaching. Whereas I know in subsequent years after Harry had left, I had a lot of emphasis put on me to, you know, to try and sit up more and, and rock over and I found that I started to come off my feet. I just wasn’t connecting like I could when Harry was coaching me; I started to worry about the wrong things…

He just worried about what was happening in the water and the boat.

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Sonia Waddell

Harry chose me as a triallist for the under-23 team, much to the, I guess, shock of everyone in the rowing fraternity as I’d only been rowing for 3 weeks.

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