G’day Coach Randell Row360
Australia coach Andrew Randell is widely believed to be the new GB Rowing Olympic women’s head coach. A source inside British Rowing says the decision came at the same time as the appointment of the men’s Olympic head coach, but the delay is due to the wait associated with applying for a visa.
It wouldn’t be the first example of its kind. Kiwi trainer Chris Nilsson, who guided Hamish Bond and Eric Murray to their first world title in the men’s foursome in 2007, was only able to start his new role at Cambridge University Boat Club after he was Visa to live and work in the UK. He joined Cambridge for Christmas 2008, in the middle of his first contract season. With 16 weeks to go before the start of the 2022 World Rowing Cup series in Belgrade, Serbia, Britain’s women will be hoping the Home Office can get the job done.
Paul Stannard was named head coach of the Men’s Olympics and news of his appointment was shared on April 5th January 2022. Andrew Randell resigned from his position at Rowing Australia on 4 January 2022th January 2022. There was a single recruitment process for the head coaching positions, involving a seven-person nominating body. British national team athletes expected to be informed of their new head coaches before Christmas 2021. There were rumors that British Rowing had hoped to appoint Josy Verdonkschot, but he ended up taking the role of Chief High Performance Officer at USRowing.
Prior to his retirement, Randell had held the position of Senior Coach of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Center since its inception in 2017. Randell has coached Australian crews since 1995, including several World Cups and World Championships. He has led teams to three consecutive Olympics – Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
In April 2021, Randell joined the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Center to support Australia’s quadruple skull women in their qualification and preparation for Tokyo. He led the crew to victory at the 2021 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. At Tokyo 2020, his crew of Caitlin Cronin, Harriet Hudson, Rowena Meredith and Ria Thompson messed up the form leader and clinched a surprise bronze medal. The result came within the Hour of Power – the most successful time in Australian Olympic history.
For the first three years of the Tokyo Cycle, Randell coached the Australian men’s eights that secured an eighth place finish at the World Championships in 2017, a silver medal in 2018 and fourth place in 2019.
In announcing Randell’s retirement, Rowing Australia Performance Director Paul Thompson MBE recognized Randell’s long-standing track record as a coach.
“Andrew has made a tremendous contribution to rowing in Australia and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the many years he has devoted to nurturing some of our most talented athletes to realize their sporting potential, both men and women, Sculler and Sweep.” Thompson said. “Some of our best and brightest athletes have benefited from Andrew’s coaching over the years, no more than the women’s quadruple scull, who earned a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the most trying of circumstances. On behalf of Rowing Australia, our coaches and athletes past and present, I would like to thank Andrew for his years of service as a coach and we wish him all the best in the future.”
The role Randell is rumored to be taking on is the position Thompson left in December 2018.
British Rowing’s seven-person interview panel consisted of:
- Mark Davies, Chairman, British Rowing
- Louise Kingsley, Head of Services, British Rowing
- Catriona Semple, UK Sport
- Tom Dyson, Paralympic Head Coach of the British Rowing Team
- Constantine Louloudis, Olympic champion
- Victoria Thornley, Olympic silver medalist
- Ann Redgrave, Chief Medical Officer, British Rowing