Meet the Rowing Coaches

We are extremely proud of our team of rowing coaches who come together to deliver a fantastic week for our course members. Please find below a list of coaches who will be joining us on our Summer 2019 courses.

Annabel Eyres - Lead Coach

Annabel is an Olympic rower who represented Great Britain between 1987 and 1996 after learning to row on the Isis while at Oxford University. Annabel’s love of rowing and what it gave to her, naturally led her to coaching, and her focus on every rower that she coached has led to success by any measure.

Annabel has introduced children to the joys of rowing for many years, ranging from supporting those who were taking their first strokes, to those winning gold medals at the National Schools Regatta. She has never strayed far from her original rowing home in Oxford and has coached at Radley College, Hinksey Sculling School, Magdalen College School and Magdalen College.

Annabel champions the concept that rowing is an inclusive sport which, as a result of its reliance on water and nature, can increase general wellbeing in all, regardless of age and ability. She is also an advocate of improving performance by utilising other physical and mental disciplines such as meditation and yoga.

Annabel combined her interest in rowing with her training and practice as an artist and formed the rowing outfitters Rock the Boat in 1989 with two fellow international athletes, a business which has provided thousands of rowers with fun and functional rowing kit over the years. 

Vicky Rees - Lead Coach

I started rowing in my first year at Oxford University, and it quickly became a huge part of my life. I was women's captain, and then president of Lady Margaret Hall Boat Club, rowing in the women's first boat and coxing the men's first boat at a number of bumps races and external regattas. After graduating from my Masters, I moved to London for an internship, where I coxed a masters VIII at London Rowing Club, competing and medalling at the Head of the Charles Race in the USA.

I have been a part-time rowing coach in Oxford since, coaching a number of Oxford College crews on the Isis, as well as junior rowers at Hinksey Sculling School. Working with junior rowers has been a great experience, and I am very excited to be part of the OJRC this summer. Aside from rowing, I am a big sports enthusiast, organising modern pentathlon events, competing in Ironmans, and running the London Marathon in a rhino costume every year. 

Noah Norman

I learnt to row at Eton College, and now am part of the Yale Heavyweight Crew team, having rowed for Melbourne University in Australia last year. At Eton I was a semi-finalist at Henley in 2017 and won the National Schools Regatta in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and for Melbourne University I won the National Championships in the Club 4-. I was vice-captain of rowing at Eton and selected to race at the Junior World Championships in 2017 in the 4+, where I finished 8th. 

I coached J14 and J15 Quads at St Kevin's College, Melbourne last year and am currently at university in America, where I'm studying cognitive science and German. Rowing has been a hugely important part of my life for the last 6 years and I'm massively looking forward to sharing my passion for rowing with others with the OJRC. 

Benjie Stimpson

I learnt to row at Norwich School at 13 and have been rowing ever since! I was a member of the 1st VIII at school and had success both in the UK and abroad. Currently, I am a student at Pembroke College, Oxford and have just finished my tenure as captain of the Boat Club. I’ve also had the opportunity to coach novices whilst at school and men’s boats of Jesus College, Oxford while in my first year of university. 

I am lucky enough to have been on the OJRC team since Easter and am looking forward to this summer, it’s a joy to be able to share this fantastic sport with enthusiastic kids!

Archie McChesney

I am currently studying and rowing at Yale University, USA. My rowing career began in 2013, when I was 13 years old, at Radley College Boat Club. The highlight of my time in a boat has to be when I represented Great Britain at the 2017 under 18 Junior World Rowing Championships. I am really looking forward to sharing my rowing experience with everyone on the Oxford Junior Rowing Courses this summer.

Daisy Mazzio-Manson

I started rowing in my first year of high school, when I was 14 years old, and it immediately became an important part of my life. From that point on, I have rowed year round for the past seven years. I currently row for Yale, where I am studying Global Affairs. At Yale I have been in the first VIII every racing season, being named to the 2018 Second Team All-American and the 2018 and 2019 First Team All-Ivy, and I was able to compete at Henley Royal Regatta where we made it to the semifinals in the Remenham Challenge Cup. I have also been invited to the US U23 selection camp twice, and I will be spending the first part of this summer trying to make the team. I love rowing and I am thrilled to share my passion for the sport with others.

Jonathan Olandi

My love for rowing started At university during my first year in Oxford. I was inspired by the enthusiasm and experience of my coaches, by the friendships made, and by how this sport can be enjoyed right from the first stroke. In my second year of rowing I competed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race as part of the Reserve Crew and a couple of months later I rowed the Keble College first eight to Head of the River in Summer Eights. The past year I’ve spent in Italy on a year abroad, rowing for the CC Aniene Club in Rome, winning gold at Italian National Championships in the men’s U23 eight.

I can’t wait to return to the UK this summer to be part of the amazing OJRC team and spread the love and enjoyment for such a rewarding sport.

Jack Kosobucki

Hi, I’m Jack Kosobucki and I started rowing when I was 10 years old on a very similar course to this. After that, I rowed at Magdalen College School for 6 years including 2 years as Captain of Boats. Currently, I’m at Grey College in Durham University where I’m reading Economics, and have just finished a year as Captain of the Women’s Squad. Next year, I’m taking on the role as Head Coach for the squad. I’m really looking forward to coaching on the Oxford Junior Rowing Course this Summer.

James Innes-Kerr

I started rowing at Radley College in Oxfordshire where I have rowed in the school’s 1st VIII for two years, winning medals at National Schools Regatta & Head of the Charles in the USA among others. I’ve competed at Henley for the past two years in the Princess Elizabeth Cup, making the semi finals and final. In my second season of rowing, I was selected to represent GB in the Coxed Four at Coupe de la Jeunesse, where I won two gold medals. I am currently on a Gap Year, and look forward to sharing my appreciation for the sport with others.

Rosie Little

I began rowing at Headington School because I was keen to try a new sport. Little did I know that, nine years later, I would still be enjoying it just as much as when I first began. I was part of some fantastic crews at school, winning Champ 8+ three years in row at National Schools’, winning the Junior 8+ category at Henley Women’s twice and making it to the final and semi-final at Henley Royal Regatta.

I have just finished my second year at the University of Exeter and I served as Women’s Captain. I love working closely with the squad and having a more pastoral care role, which includes coordinating training and supporting athletes, while juggling my degree. Rowing has taught me so much about time management and the importance of setting yourself goals.

This summer will be my second year on the OJRC team and I am very excited to be coaching again. It is exciting how the course includes nutrition talks, yoga classes and mindfulness introductions, all essential compliments to becoming a rower. I love the camaraderie and intensity of the sport, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm this summer.

Jonny Fieth

I started coxing at Abingdon School as a J14 when I was 13 and carried on all through school competing at many events, including Schools Head and the National Schools Regatta. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham where I am now a cox for the Women’s 1st VIII, who race at the top level of British University rowing. I am also a coach in the Women’s Senior Squad and have recently taken on the role of Boatman in the University of Nottingham Boat Club with responsibility for the upkeep of the equipment.

Rowing is such a fabulous sport, with its focus on working together and keeping fit, and is also brilliant for making friends and having fun.  Like all the others in the team, I am very much looking forward to being part of the OJRC and hope that you will all get to understand and share our passion for the sport.

Michela Giachino

Inspired by the London Olympics, I first started rowing at my local club in Abingdon in 2012. Quickly I began to discover how much rowing had to offer and I loved it. It helped me manage and prioritise my time better and improve my teamwork skills; I enjoyed both the social side that came with it, as I made a whole new group of friends outside of school, as well as the mental and physical challenges it offers.

Absorbed in the sport and having spent many summers at rowing camps myself, I grew to be more interested in the coaching side of rowing. From there I volunteered as an assistant coach at junior rowing camps as well as a coach for the younger rowers at my own club. I also got involved in helping with the Adaptive Rowing Squad at Oxford City Rowing Club. I am currently on a gap year before I begin my studies in History of Art at Oxford University and I am so excited to share my love for rowing with other young people over the summer.

Za Kosobucki

I am Za Kosobucki from just outside of Oxford. I have just finished my A Levels at Cheltenham Ladies College where I rowed for the past 4 years and was Captain of Boats in my final year. During my time at Cheltenham, I raced competitively in a single, double and quad. Next year I will be attending Georgetown University in Washington DC where I will be rowing on the lightweight women’s team. My passion for rowing started by doing a similar course when I was about 14, so I hope I will be able to help others find their own passion.