Sarah Winckless

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Sarah Winckless is a multiple Olympian for British Rowing and a leading umpire (referee) and advocate for women’s rowing. She’s just been appointed the umpire for the 2020 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
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Timestamps to the Show
02:00 Background in Rowing
06:00 We want to be growth-ly athletic humans. What this means to me
09:30 How do you know when you’re ready to retire from sport?
13:00 I wanted to be seen as a brain not just “lungs and legs”
14:00 Choices post-Olympics. I know an awful little about an awful lot.
16:15 Why become an umpire? This excitement sat in my heart – the Boat Race.
19:30 The complexity of running races. The ethos of fair and equal racing.
28:00 The challenges of match racing – watermanship is a key skill which river racing teaches
36:00 What coaches should tell their athletes about what umpires can say and do
39:00 Boat Race Umpire 2020. The rules of the boat race detail the complexities.
52:00 Henley Royal Regatta 2020 changes this year. Sarah runs the research and commentary team. New event Student Womens Eights.
56:00 Future for women’s rowing – we have to consider the ocean and sea rowing as hugely exciting. 2021 Henley Royal Regatta will go to six days. We will start racing later in the day. I or 2 more women’s events will come along.
57:30 Magic wand – I would get the sport to more people in more communities.

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