Cambridge University Boat Club Staff
Joining CUBC from CUWBC, where he led the program to dominant wins in 2017 and 2018 in both Blue and Reserve races, Rob Baker brings a wealth of Tideway and Boat Race experience.
Rob began his CUBC career as Assistant Coach, leading Goldie to wins in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Rob’s tenure as Assistant Coach also saw a win in the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley in 2003, along with coaching the winning Stewards’ Challenge Cup in 2008 whilst the Club’s acting Head Coach. From CUBC, Rob led Irish Rowing’s U23 squad, and then oversaw CUWBC’s move to the Tideway, and was their first full-time coach.
Rob brings to CUBC a great passion for Cambridge and the Boat Race, and is looking forward to working with the Club and athletes to build CUBC’s Blue and Goldie crews.
Richard started rowing at the Coleraine Academical Institution at the age of 14. In 2003 he moved to the UK to study at Oxford Brookes University and row at their University Boat Club. He was soon picked up by the National Team and started an illustrious career as a Lightweight, first medalling at an U23 World Championships before stepping up into the Senior Team. He was in the National Team from 2006 to 2016, winning medals in rowing and sculling at World Cup Regattas, European Championships and World Championships. He is a veteran of three Olympic Games, the highlight of his career being a Silver Medal in the Lightweight Men’s Four at London 2012. Richard joined the CUBC in September 2016.
Alister joined the CUBC in 2017, after completing an MPhil in Education at Cambridge, and rowing for Goldie in 2016. He brings professional history spanning education, program management, and human resources, focusing on talent identification, management, and improvement.
Alister also acts as a volunteer coach to several Cambridge town and college rowing clubs.
Donald rowed in the 1962 Goldie crew, and the 1963 and 1964 Cambridge Blue Boats. He is the club’s ‘Eminence Grise’, having coached a CUBC crew every year since 1968. Donald has coached a string of Henley wins over 5 decades, including crews winning the The Thames Challenge Cup, The Wyfold Challenge Cup, The Visitors’ Challenge Cup, Queen Mother, The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (including the course record), The Ladies’ Challenge Plate, The Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup, and Double Sculls Challenge Cup.
With unrivalled experience of The Boat Race, Donald’s role with Cambridge University Boat Club is to assist the Chief Coach, Assistant Coach, and President in their campaign to win The Boat Race and the Isis vs. Goldie Race.
Henry Fieldman is currently coxing on the Senior Great Britain Rowing Team. He grew up a stone’s throw away from Hammersmith Bridge and learnt to cox on the Tideway at Latymer Upper School. Whilst at Imperial College Boat Club, under the leadership of Steve Trapmore, he coxed the GB under 23 Men’s Eight from 2008 to 2010, winning two bronze medals.
Henry studied at Cambridge for an MPhil in Psychology and Education, coxing the Light Blues in the 2013 Boat Race. Henry coxed the GB ‘B’ Eight in 2013, representing Cambridge in the Ladies Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta, winning in a record time of 5:58. In 2014 Henry coxed the GB Men’s Coxed Pair at the World Rowing Championships to a silver medal.
Henry’s role as coxing coach is to prepare the CUBC’s coxes to perform to their potential on Boat Race day. He brings considerable experience in effective communication, tideway steering, race tactics, general psychology and leadership.
Gosia Bieniek and Milosz Wrobel
Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Milosz and Gosia have joined CUBC as Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, after working as lead S&C providers to CURUFC and CUWBC. They provide a fully integrated program that works to identify athletes’ limiting factors to reduce the possibility of injuries, and then implementing programs that address athletes’ strengths and weaknesses.
Their experience and education is diverse. Milosz has completed degrees in Sports Coaching and Osteopathy.
Gosia holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise science, level 3 in Holistic and Sports massage diplomas, Rocktape FMT 1 diploma and is also a qualified personal trainer (level 3).
For the past three years she has been working for Spire Lea Cambridge/BUPA as a health advisor, while providing strength and conditioning services for Rob Roy Boat Club and Cambridge Volleyball Club. Simultaneously, she has been completing her MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Gosia’s professional and international experience in the field of sport science covers a broad spectrum of sports. In 2010/2011 she worked for the premier league volleyball team ONICO Warsaw as a sports massage therapist, with season 2011/2012 spent in Rome working as a fitness coach for Beach Volley Academy. In 2012/2013 she worked with the POGON ’04 premier league futsal team (Szczecin, Poland). Season 2013/2014 brought new challenges with two international, Olympic athletes Mateusz Sawrymowicz (open water swimming, 1500m indoor) and Kamil Kuczynski (track cyclist, sprint, keirin).
Gosia was responsible for delivering and prescribing strength training for Mateusz and Kamil for the two seasons leading into the Rio Olympics. Gosia is looking forward to working with CUBC’s triallists to optimise their performance.
Dr Simon Owens
Simon has been CUBC Medical Officer since 1992, and is a member of the British Rowing Medical Panel. He is a General Practitioner based at Trumpington Street Medical Practice. Simon has worked as an Associate Specialist in Sports Medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital for 16 years and is currently an Orthopaedic GPSI running a community based knee clinic. Dr Owens also works as a private clinician in the Rapid Access Sports Injury Clinic at Progress, the Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance. He is a clinical supervisor and trainer on the Addenbrookes Sports and Exercise Medicine medical rotation and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Dr Owens worked as Medical Dispatcher at the Mall and Hampton Court during the 2012 Olympic Games. He has been appointed as an SEM doctor for the diving events at the Commonwealth Games and has been Medical Officer for Cambridge University Rugby Club since 1999.