Cambridge welcomes Katy Knowles as Assistant Coach

New Assistant Coach to join Cambridge University Women and Lightweights


Katy Knowles joins the Cambridge Coaching team for the 2020 Boat Race campaign and says,


‘I’m looking forwards to joining the team and learning more about the exciting world of The Boat Race.  I look forward to living and working in Cambridge, with athletes who want to excel in academia as well as pursue excellence in Rowing.’ 

Katy joins Cambridge from her role as England Talent Pathway and Start Coach at British Rowing in nearby Norwich.  Chief Coach, Robert Weber is delighted to welcome Katy to the Club,

“We’re excited to welcome Katy and introduce her to the squads. I’m confident that she’ll make a positive impact on our program and bring some fresh ideas and help us provide our athletes with a great experience and help us produce the fastest crews possible. She’s worked with good athletes at the development level, so she brings a solid understanding of how to teach and how to communicate, which I think will resonate with our athletes.”

Katy has considerable coaching experience, beginning her career in 2008 with a clear focus on enabling athletes to improve and reach their personal goals.   Katy gained a position as a Henley Stewards Charitable Trust coach in Surrey, coaching in local clubs before progressing to Club Head coach in 2011. It was under Katy’s leadership that the club grew in size, doubling the junior membership.  Within the thriving club culture, five junior rowers gained representation for Great Britain.

Developing talent has always been a passion for Katy, so the move to British Rowing as a Talent Development coach was exciting.  Katy has enjoyed working with athletes who are complete beginners and taking them through to winning national medals within a few years.  Many of those she has coached have progressed to represent England at Home International Regatta or Great Britain at Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships.

Katy is very well qualified for the role here at Cambridge, with a degree in Sports Science and a Post graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching, as well as being a Level 3 Rowing Coach.

In a joint statement, CULRC Vice-Chair Bruce Perry and CUWBC Chair Siobhan Cassidy said,

“We are exceptionally pleased to welcome Katy as Assistant Coach, her knowledge of rowing alongside her ability to create a positive team culture makes her well positioned to bring new energy to the role.  Her passion and commitment to developing athletes and identifying talent will enable her to expand our Development Squad programme and introduce innovative approaches to building on the pathway from College to University.”