2024 WR Virtual Coaches Conference

The 4th World Rowing Virtual Coaches Conference took place on Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January 2024.

The conference consisted of a mixture of live and recorded webinars and Zoom sessions, where participants could interact with the presenters and ask questions live. 


  • Friday 26 January 

Session 1, 13:00 – 14:00 CET  

  • Introduction and welcome to the 2024 Coaches Conference, Rosie Mayglothling, Chair of the World Rowing Competitive Commission. 
  • World Rowing update, Jean-Christophe Rolland, President of World Rowing, and Vincent Gaillard, Executive Director of World Rowing. 

Session 2,14:00 – 15:00 CET  

  • How other endurance sports develop their athletes, Malcolm Brown and Lars Ljung. 

Malcolm Brown is the coach of the very successful Leeds Triathlon Group, which includes 5 Word Champions and Olympic Medallists.  

Lars Ljung is a member of the coaching team of the successful Swedish Cross Country Ski Team. 


Saturday 27 January  


  • Session 1: Preparing your development nation for success, Nebojsa Ilic and Marco Galeone. 

Nebojsa Ilic will present his experience working with Moldova and coaching the Türkiye national rowing team. Marco Galeone will present his success with Para Rowing in South Africa. 

  • Session 2: Challenges in developing muscle peak power and muscle endurance in rowing, Prof. Dr. Richard Jaspers.  

Prof. Dr. Richard Jaspers is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Physiology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as a Full Professor in the fields of Rehabilitation & Development and Tissue Function & Regeneration

Sunday 28 January  

  • Session 1: How to be successful at Beach Sprint rowing, Guin Batten. 

Guin Batten, OLY,  is chair of the World Rowing Coastal Rowing Commission. She will present a selection of key skills required to be successful in this newly-Olympic discipline.