"Be yourself, crack the odd joke even if at your own expense, maintain 'discipline' by working them hard."
What would the sport of rowing do without volunteers like Dudley Feather? Not only does Dudley coach at his old school of Prince Henry's School in Otley every week, he also supports our RowLeeds Indoor Rowing Championships, acting as MC and all-round technical handyman. We are proud to have the capability, fun attitude and rowing experience of Dudley on our side. Home Grown. World Class.
Who is Dudley?
I'm Dudley. I was born in Askwith, West Yorkshire and live in Ilkley where I work as a handyman. I enjoy hill walking, scrambling, climbing, skiing and cycling. Oh and I play guitar and sing too!
What's your experience as a rower?
I started rowing in 1981 at the Polytechnic of Central London and Quintin. What I love about rowing is its all round fitness building and crewing a good quad, 4+ or eight; there is nothing quite like the feeling of efficiently applied power and the speed it generates, especially if you are winning!
Why did you get involved in the RowLeeds programme as a volunteer coach?
I was already coaching junior learn to row at Leeds when Ben asked me if I would be interested in coaching. It seemed a good plan and coaching at my old school is great.
What are your main responsibilities this year as a coach on the programme?
I am coaching Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley on Mondays after school. The enthusiasm seems to be building and we have some good technicians who are becoming fitter and over 20 attendees each week. At the moment I focussing on strength, conditioning and technique with the ergo being part of the circuit.
What would you say have been your main highlights of coaching on the programme?
It's great to see young people make a start and then see them improve week on week and most importantly that they have the desire and motivation to continue to improve.
What do you think are the personal attributes a coach needs to be successful on this type of programme?
I think personality plays a big part and that you keep it fun, motivational and speak with the kids at their level.
What do you think are the personal attributes a young athlete needs to be successful in rowing?
Willingness to learn, willingness