Wade Hall-Craggs - Head Coach

Years at DUBC: 17

Rowing history: Started sculling on a canal near home where you had to pull your blades in to get through bridges so capsizing became a habit.

  • Won at HRR Special Race for schools, then Visitors with Durham, Queen Mother twice with TSS.
  • Won Wingfield's and Thames World Sculling Challenge.
  • Won bronze at U23s and Commonwealth regatta, represented GB in 4x twice and once at Olympics in single.
  • Coached GB U23 scullers, then senior scullers before taking M4+ to be World Champions.

Chose to work at Durham because: To do justice to the legacy of Eric Halladay

Aims for the club: To ensure our top athletes make GB teams and medal, to make DUBC proud to be Palatinate

Laura Richardson - Men’s Coach

Years at DUBC: 2

Rowing History: Prior to working at DUBC I was the GBRT Start Coach for Yorkshire. I have also worked as a physiotherapist in MSK and sports injury clinics.

Chose to work at Durham because: 
I enjoy working as part of an ambitious, motivated, talented team. I am passionate about the development of athlete and individual, and I am also competitive and do not like losing.

Aims for the club: To attain the ultimate from all our rowers, ensuring top athletes achieve GB vests…and medals.

Ian Shore - Women’s Coach

Years at DUBC: 2

Rowing History: Coaching for over 30 years and with a level 3 coaching award, roles have include:Chief Coach of Thames Rowing Club, Head Coach of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and National High Performance Development Coach for Wales.

During this time I have coached medal-winning crews at World University Games, Under 23 World Championship’s, Commonwealth regattas and European University Championships and has on two occasions been runner up in the Sport Wales Coach of the Year Award. I have also helped develop Performance Rowing Programmes in North Africa and the West Indies for FISA.

Chose to work at Durham because: 
For years DUBC has been one of the powerhouses of British rowing and when the opportunity arose in October 2015 I was excited to be invited to help develop the programme. I bring a wealth of experience and an infectious enthusiasm.

Aims for the club: During the next year I look to run a large squad with a view of allowing individuals to develop particularly towards selection for GB teams whilst having a squad that will be targeting all the major events i.e WHOR , BUCS events HWR and HRR. I want to foster an environment where people can have fun - I’m here to help people go fast in rowing boats. Lets have the best fun and win.

Ellie Hizzett - Development Squad Coach

Years at DUBC: 1

Rowing History: Rowed and coxed as a junior before starting to coach at university, taking a start-up club to BUCS silver within two seasons. Once graduated, I started working within the Henley Stewards Charitable Trust Scholarship Programme. This enabled me to support new athletes into the sport from various backgrounds before moving to Durham University in the summer of 2016.

Chose to work at Durham because: 
Growing up racing within Northern Rowing it was hard to ignore the work Durham University did or the passion both coaches and athletes had for the sport. Working within DUBC enables me to work with a driven and enthusiastic environment where I not only get to share my knowledge and love for the support but learn from the coaches around me.

Aims for the club: To support athletes who come into the club feel empowered to make the step up in their ability, ensuring athletes coming into the development squad have an understanding of what they are now a part of and the potential that brings with it.

Jon Boyle - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Years at DUBC: 7

Rowing History: None, I lift heavy things.

Chose to work at Durham because: 
I have been strength training from the age of 15 recreationally and always wanted to pursue some sort of career using the knowledge I had gained. Durham University and DUBC offered me that opportunity, invested in my development and education resulting in me having the job I’ve always dreamed of. The combination of high academic as well as high sporting achievement makes Durham University quite a special place. The place is beautiful.

Aims for the club: Support the coaching staff in delivering a program which develops and empowers DUBC athletes to be the best they can be. To annually help produce rowers who perform at BUCS and are capable of feeding into and tolerating the GB U23 Rowing Program. As well as have them shift some serious tin!

Kathryn Henderson - Sports Masseuse

Years at DUBC: 7

Rowing History: My main background is *boo hiss* rugby but I did try rowing but I have T-Rex arms!

Role withing the club: My main role with the rowers is soft tissue work, acupuncture and taping, and giving recipes so you guys actually eat something other than Soreen loaf!

I have been working as a therapist for 13 years and have my own practice in Ryton next to Tyne United Rowing Club.