>>> You make Hugh Robert Arthur Edwards come to life. Indeed you make me
>>> ache to know this flawed giant so beloved of his crews. What a wonderful
>>> You've got me thinking. It is easy to find flaws in giants. Everything
>>> about them is so visible. But, god knows, regard yourself lucky when you
>>> find one; for they are not that easily found and we who are not giants
>>> can hardly honor them as they deserve.
>>> What great good fortune was yours to have been coached by him! He seems
>>> to be still very much alive to you.
>> Yes indeed, a formative influence on my life.
>> One of his nicer legacies is that he coached at Oxford for about ten
>> and everyone coached by him rows exactly the same way. So we can put
>> together veteran crews and there are no problems, and no arguments. We
>> just row his way.
>> It is also worth remembering that in those days coaches were "honorary".
>> did it all for love, and didn't get a penny in return.
> One of many advantages of intelligent coaches of independent mind &
> unconventional habits, such as Jumbo Edwards, was that they dared to
> think, experiment &, where necessary, to disrupt orthodoxies. Their
> non-conformity & success were an inspiration & a breath of fresh air.
> Such coaches are well worth paying, but it is easy to feel uneasy over
> today's growing expectation of being paid to coach where, not long ago,
> coaches freely gave back to the sport what had been given them for free.
> That a coach is paid does not always or necessarily make them ideal.
> Equally, some are dumbfounded by the scheme in the UK whereby, before you
> may coach, you must first spend ~GBP1400/US$2000 for a coaching course.
> How is that going down with clubs & volunteer coaches?
not what they do". Or at least I hope so. If they do know, they should be
> rowers apparently being injured & spat out of coached schemes, never to
> return? Where are the follow-up studies to find what causes these
> problems & what can be done to reduce their incidence? Why does rowing, a
> sport in many ways ideal for low-impact strengthening of physique &
> fitness, now seem to consider "wastage" of this kind a necessary &
> acceptable price for success?
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