12 February 2022
By Göran R Buckhorn
Andrew Randell joins GB rowing programme as the new Olympic Head Coach for Women.
On 6 January, HTBS reported that Andrew Randell was leaving Rowing Australia after having coached the country’s national crews since 1995. Two days ago, the news came that Randell has been appointed GB Women’s Olympic Head Coach.
On the same day, 6 January, HTBS wrote that it had been announced that Paul Stannard had been appointed the GB Men’s Olympic Head Coach. Stannard and Randell are now going to drive the GB rowing programme towards the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Stannard led the GB men’s sculling team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, while Randell has coached Australian male and female sculling and sweep crews to three Olympic Games, in Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
“I am delighted to join British Rowing as the Women’s Head Coach of the GB Rowing Team and look forward to working with the coaching team and athletes in preparation for a successful World Championships later this year in Racice. This will be an important regatta in regards to our long term goal of winning medals at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games,” Andrew Randell said in a statement published on British Rowing’s website.
About Randell’s appointment, Louise Kingsley, British Rowing Director of Performance, said: “Andrew was the standout candidate at interview, and I am very excited to have him join our new look team. The experience Andrew brings with him will help us to reshape our women’s squad, return our crews to the podium and establish a culture of winning well.”
Kingsley continued: “It’s important that we also learn lessons from Tokyo and adapt the programme to move forward in a positive and productive way. Appointing Paul and Andrew into the newly created Head Coach roles and having them sit on the GBRT leadership team means they can better support the World Class Programme as we work towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”
Randell will start his new role in the UK later this month.