26 February 2019
By Tim Koch
Tim Koch is sitting at the front and paying attention.
My review of the recently published biography of Jürgen Grobler started:
In an age when teenagers apparently merit biographies and (alleged) autobiographies… the life story of a 72-year-old who has been described as ‘the most successful Olympic coach of all time’ is probably rather overdue. Thankfully, two knowledgeable and highly qualified writers, Hugh Matheson (who rowed for Britain in three Olympic Games and later became The Independent’s rowing correspondent) and Chris Dodd (the sport’s most distinguished and prolific historian who covered rowing for The Guardian for 25 years) have corrected this failing with this unauthorized – but not actively discouraged – biography of Jürgen Grobler. More Power – The Story of Jürgen Grobler, The Most Successful Olympic Coach of All Time is a lively account of a coach whose crews have won at least one event at all ten of the Olympic Regattas that they took part in between 1976 and 2016.
The publishers tell us that ‘Jurgen Grobler’s Olympic coaching career is one of legend, yet the man himself has remained resolutely out of the spotlight’. On Tuesday, 5 March, at 8 pm, Chris and Hugh will throw some light on the man, his achievements, and his methods in a talk held at the Auriol Kensington Rowing Club, 14 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9DJ. They will also answer questions and sign copies of their book. Admission is £5, redeemable against a purchase of More Power.