Michael rowed in the Olympic 1868 Australian VIII (silver medal) as well as the 72 crew. He then coached the 1976 crew. He also has had a long and successful career as a schoolboy coach in NSW Australia.
01:30 Background in rowing 1963 St Ignatius’ centenary rowing
3.30 Olympic crews – how I got selected. I rowed with Howard Croker
07:30 Won the Kings Cup and selected for 1972 Olympics
08:30 Freddy Bachmann – the reserve for the Swiss team won the Silver in M2-
11:00 Freddy’s technique points
– legs compressed at front stops is “leg drive for free”
– accelerate the seat into the catch – this makes the boat go forward
– move off back stops together – also makes the boat go forward
15:00 School rowing – schoolboys have less time now to row. Their times haven’t gone faster in 25 years.
21:00 Opportunities and challenges for schools rowing.
Water conditions are worse, they use camps a lot.
I see the Rowperfect rowing machine as the closest thing to simulate the rowing stroke.
23:50 There is not the same focus on technique now.
It’s important but is being focus more on endurance.
25:30 The future for schools rowing in Australia
Training more anaerobic
Thor Nilsen advocated programmes
Schools don’t have time to do the endurance.