UTRC Senior Squad

There are three options for rowing at UTRC; the Senior Squad, a club group or casual rowing. The Upper Thames Senior Squad is one of the strongest in domestic rowing, with recent wins at HRR, HWR and numerous other top regattas and Heads. We are open to all men and women with aspirations of winning at the highest domestic level or those with the potential to do so in the future.

HRR winners

HRR winners and coaches, 2014

The UTRC programme is highly organised and designed to maximise the benefit of the time you put in. We recognise that your time is precious, so our fleet of Empachers is well maintained and properly set up for every outing. Crews and equipment are planned in advance to minimise wasting time.

Our training programme is straightforward, with flexibility built in to accommodate athletes with careers. There are four weekday sessions in the winter (Fridays off) incorporating two ergo sessions and two gym sessions. In the summer, additional sessions are introduced along with evening rowing. Weekend sessions typically run from 7.00am – 12.30pm.

There is a warm weather camp in January (Seville) and an Easter camp in Henley, as well as more focused matches and events for the top boats. Camps and competitions are arranged to ensure time off work is minimised and that costs are kept as low as possible.

The squad is friendly but competitive. Much of what we do is measured, so athletes tend to row in their peer group and always have the opportunity to move up when their performance improves.

Selection is based on telemetry, ergo tests, time trials, seat racing and the opinions of the coaching team.

Justin Sutherland remains as Head Coach for 2017, his sixth season in charge, responsible for both the Senior Men and the fast expanding Senior Women’s group. Anyone who can make weekend sessions is warmly encouraged to join the squad and will most likely enjoy training together as part of a mixed group.

Anyone wishing to join the Senior Squad, either men or women, should contact Justin by email or by calling 07931185566