Posted: 8 December, 2016

Olympian Inspiring Putney Rowers

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2016 Rio Olympic Silver medallist Jess Eddie is currently inspiring rowing stars of the future at Putney High School. Jess coaches the J16 team, both on land and in the water, and hopes to lead them to victory at the National Schools Regatta in May 2017.

Jess took some time to chat to us on dry land:

What made you decide to coach at Putney High School?

I enjoy mentoring young people. It’s a privilege to tell people about the sport I love. I live locally so I felt it was only natural to invest myself in a local team and share some of my gems of wisdom with future rowers.

How have you found your time at Putney High School so far?

It’s been great to work with such a fun and talented group of young women. I’ve been really impressed with how dedicated they are. The facilities at the boat club are fantastic and thehistory of rowing at Putneyis incredible, it’s a privilege to be able to lap this up.

Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring female rowers?

  • Set your standards and goals really high: I started rowing at eight and when I was 14 my twin sister and I came 4thin the National Schools Regatta which was really frustrating. After the race I vowed that we would win the regatta the following year, and we did!
  • Train hard: Rowing often involves early starts. Last week we had students on the river at 6.30am in torrential rain, giving it all for the love of the sport!
  • Take your team with you and you’ll go further: Without my twin sister urging me on, I wouldn’t have trained as hard and be where I am now.

What would you say to someone new to the sport?

Unlike other clubs, Putney High School Rowing Club caters for all levels, there is room for those who just want to be part of a social group and for rowers working towards the top levels of the sport. Most of my fellow Olympic rowing team members have stumbled into the sport– so come down and give it a go, who knows what could happen!

Rowing is a curriculum sport at Putney High School and girls in the Rowing Club start from Year 7. The Club has succeeded both in terms of breadth of opportunity for all and nurturing elite squads to national and international success. Putney High School rowers have competed at prestigious events such as Henley and in America at the Head of the Charles. Such events are the biggest in the sport and to compete in them at any point in a rowing career is a great achievement.

Last year the GDST, with Putney High School, acquired the lease on a boathouse and this year a huge fundraising effort by FOPHS and PHSRSA has meant we will be purchasing a fleet of training boats.

If you would like to find out more about rowing at the school contact Peter Brewer atp.brewer@put.gdst.netor call 07912 514 961. Throughout the year PHSRSA also hold events by the river, if you are interested in being involved in the social side of the rowing club please contact Irene Ho-Moore

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