Coaching in 2021

The club has access to a number of well-qualified coaches who offer their time and expertise on a volunteer basis. The coaches are assigned to designated squads and have the confidence of the club’s management committee to help members achieve their goals in the sport.

Head coach is Peter Howard, twice an Australian U23 team coach and regular coach on Queensland teams for the past 12 years. He has been taking Brisbane & GPS rowers to National and State titles since 1998.

Masters coach is Liz Ralston, a former Queensland Youth Cup coach and presently a Queensland Masters team coach. She brings expertise as a former coach with the club’s high-performance squad and as a school coach to our senior members.

The club’s Junior Development Squad coaching panel is headed by Joe Pattison, a successful Masters rower. He is assisted by Bob Alexander, a former Australian single sculls champion and National representative and one of Queensland’s most respected rowing authorities, Queensland Masters single sculls champions. Nigel Stubbs, Maddy Pakiela and Gary Townsend also provide regular and enthusiastic coaching services in the JDS Squads.

The head coach for the clubs Learn to Row program is Andrew McNicol, a respected coach at GPS boys and BSRA schools and still active as a club level Masters rower. He is also one of the coaches for the Queensland Womens Youth VIII squad, and has had this position in 2020 and 2021.