Simon Dennis Olympic Gold medal rower coaches at St Francis

We were delighted to welcome rower Simon Dennis to St Francis recently . He kindly hosted on one of our assemblies tand talked of his Olympic Gold in the Mens 8 at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. His theme for the assembly was about being brave and developing confidence through your achievements. Pupils had the opportunity to see his gold medal.

The following week Simon took Indoor Rowing Club after school with six very lucky Year 5 and 6 pupils. Simon coached some of the special technical points which helped his 8 to win, particularly how to drive off the legs and almost come off your seat. Our two Year 6 rowers then finished the session by posting new personal bests for 2 minutes and beating all-time records on the school leader board.

He also showed some exciting fun things to do on the ergometer. Many thanks to Simon for coming in and sharing his enthusiasm and insight!