Brampton Manor Academy coach wants to help youngsters
PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2016
Rowing coach Hannah Vines is passionate about helping others master the sport she loves.
The former junior rower, who works at Brampton Manor Academy, likes to provide young rowers with the suport and advice they need to improve.
The 40-year-old said: “I want to give something back to others wanting to get out on the water.
“My coaches gave up their time for free, so I’ve always wanted to give something back and get other young people to get the same out the sport I did.”
Hannah is also part of charity Sports Coach UK’s Everyday Heroes campaign, which aims to raise the profile of coaches and coaching at all levels of sport and physical activity in the UK.
“I think it’s been really good so far, as obviously they have coincided it with the Olympics and it also shows that you don’t have to be a top performing athlete to take part in sports,” she said.
Hannah has been coaching for more than 25 years, although she admits to be laughed at for wanting a career as a rowing coach.
“To put things into perspective, 20 years ago when I was standing in a careers office and saying I wanted to be a coach I was laughed at.
“Now coaching is a viable career option for anyone who is leaving school.”
Since that meeting she has worked with thousands of budding sports stars, including one quarter of Team GB’s men’s quadruple sculls team, Jack Beaumont.
“I spent a couple of years working with him before he was flown out,” she said.
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