Front-end taps

9 May 2021

Sonia Waddell


We used to spend a lot of time with Harry doing drills.

And especially one of the main ones he used to get us to do is to drop out at the finish, and then to just come forward and place.

And it needed to be, without thinking, just straight forward and place.

Again, with that feeling of coming forward, he was so particular about placement and timing of the catch.

And I think, Rob [Waddell] does it, my husband Rob was was probably one of the best, what’s the word, exponents of that part of Harry’s stroke – it just used to slide in, the blade used to slide in, and whatever else Harry thought he was doing wrong, that was perfect, and that’s one of the reasons he used to go so fast – he just didn’t waste a millimetre.

We’d sit at the front and again, just tap, tap, tap, right at the front – tap, tap, tap, tap. And then when when he felt like you were doing that well, then you could start to tap, push, tap, push, tap, push.

And but again, it was timing. You thought you were doing it. You thought you were doing it right and you’d get a ‘No, no, no. That’s better. Yes, yes.’

So you learnt how to feel the boat with Harry.

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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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