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  • Elite Coaching Family Tree and You

    Become part of a great elite coaching family tree.

    Coaching secrets are passed down over time from one elite rowing coach to the next.

    Have a look at the above short movie and see how I got recruited to Brown University and won Olympic gold and silver.  I could not have done it without the help of some of the most amazing coaches.

    1. The Conibear Root/USA

    • Hirma Conibear
    • Rusty Callow
    • Joe Burk
    • Harry Parker
    • Steve Gladstone: I was recruited by him to Brown University. We had undefeated collegiate seasons.

    2. The Tonks Root/NZ

    • Alan Tonks, father of Richard Tonks and friend co-coach with Harry Mahon.
    • Harry Mahon/ Richard Tonks.  Harry Mahon taught me how to row efficiently and maximize power.  With him I won Junior World Championship Bronze.  Won the Crash-B indoor rowing world championship setting a new world record 7:42.1/2500M. Under his coaching I became one of youngest single scullers competing at the Olympics 1992.

    3. The Aitken Root/AUS

    • Marty was instrumental to my Olympic gold and silver medal in the single scull.  He had great experience coaching for the British National Team prior to working with me.  

    4. YOU: It is time to join the elite coaching family tree.

    Call 1- 949-400-7630 and get started.



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    • Charles Whitin says...

      You might add that Steve Gladstone was privileged to have been coached by one of Kent School’s greatest coaches, T. Dixon “Tote” Walker.

      As was Bill Stowe…

      Behind Gladstone and Stowe’s college successes, they really acquired their love for the sport in their years at Kent, don’t you think?

      Also, Hart Perry coached under Tote for several years before Tote retired at Kent. Before that Hart had coached the Dartmouth Lightweight crew as an undergraduate. And before that, Hart actually coxed at Noble & Greenough. I think WHP’s first Kent crew as Head Coach was in 1965.

      On May 15, 2014

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