"I strongly believe that rowing is a sport which is good for both the mind and body but which has largely only been available to a select few."
We first met Lois when she applied to be a volunteer coach as part of the RowLeeds programme early in 2017. A rower, a mentor, and a coach, Lois has been featured by British Rowing in their Coaches Week series and it's now our turn to shine the spotlight on her commitments to rowing, coaching and our wider RowLeeds mission. She is now in her second year of coaching and as you'll see from her interview below, she's not stopping until her juniors win gold at the RowLeeds Indoor Champs. At RowUK, we are proud to be able to support the fantastic work Lois does and we are thankful for her continued role in promoting what we do. Home Grown. World Class.
Who is Lois?
My name is Lois Beaumont. I was born in Swindon, live in Worcester and am now in my third year at the University of Leeds studying Sports Science and Physiology. When time allows, I also enjoy baking, hiking and walking my dog, Wilf.
What's your experience as a rower?
I started rowing at my school, RGS Worcester, aged 13 and continued when I joined the University of Leeds Boat Club where I am part of the Senior Women’s Performance Squad. I have been lucky enough to compete at many high profile events such as SHORR, National Schools' Regatta, BUCS Head, Bucs Regatta, WEHORR and Women’s Henley. I love every aspect of rowing (except, perhaps, the blisters) but especially the camaraderie within the squad. Nothing beats the feeling of a boat flying along the water when everything is going well and all of the crew members are working as one.
Why did you get involved in the RowLeeds programme as a volunteer coach?
I became involved last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year brings. I strongly believe that rowing is a sport which is good for both the mind and body but which has largely only been available to a select few. I have been keen to give back something to a sport which has changed my life and to be able to bring it to other young people from varying backgrounds, is a privilege.
What are your main responsibilities this year as a coach on the programme?
This year, I have again been helping to coach the J16/J18 Juniors from Leeds Rowing Club alongside their lead coach, Gav Coates. I help on a Friday evening with their indoor ergometer sessions and occasionally on a Saturday with their water sessions if my own rowing allows.
What would you say have been your main highlights of coaching on the programme?
I’ve enjoyed seeing the beginner’s technique improve both on the water and on the ergs. It’s also been great to see the kids push themselves and encourage each other at the RowLeeds indoor rowing championships and even better to see their delight when they come away with medals.