Women’s coaches

Women’s Squad Coaches

The Cantabs women’s squads each have dedicated coaches who write their training plans and coach all of their sessions. Between them, their rowing, coxing and coaching experience spans decades and they have been involved in coaching everyone from complete novices up to athletes who have competed at senior international championships.


Tom Copeland

Senior Women’s Squad

Tom has coached junior, senior, masters and para athletes at Cantabs since 2012. In that time he has coached crews to wins at WEHoRR, Pairs Head, Henley Women’s, Ghent International Regatta, the World Masters Regatta, the British Rowing Masters Championships and medals at Nat Champs and Nat Schools. Cantabs athletes coached by Tom have been selected to race for England at the Home International Regatta on three occasions and, in 2015, Tom was highly commended for his club performance coaching at the British Rowing ‘Coach of the Year’ awards.

Oli Frazer

Senior Women’s Squad and Junior Girls’ Performance Squad

Oli learned to row at Cantabs when he was 14, eventually becoming the club’s junior vice-captain. After leaving school, Oli rowed and coxed for the University of Warwick Boat Club. He then coached their novice women’s squad for a number of years, with his crews reaching the A finals at BUCS for women’s beginner 8s. After returning to Cambridge, Oli has coached the Hills Road Girls’ Squad and supported the coaching of the Senior Women’s Squad during the summer, particularly during Town Bumps training. Oli is a British Rowing qualified Level 2 coach.

Sam Hardy

Intermediate Women’s Squad

Sam learned to row at Trinity Hall Boat Club, Cambridge, where he took up some novice coaching in his role as club captain. Upon graduating, he continued coaching THBC crews in his spare time, going on to join Cantabs in 2015 as coach of the Intermediate Women’s Squad. Sam is a British Rowing qualified Level 2 coach, and won the Cantabs ‘Coach of the Year’ award in 2016 thanks to his numerous successes with the Intermediate Squad.

David Winch

Progression Squad

David learned to row whilst studying at Cambridge in 1970, going on to win numerous blades in the Lent and May Bumps. After graduating, he went on to coach his former college’s crews, joining Cantabs in 2009 firstly as a rower in the Masters Men’s Squads. David won the Cantabs ‘Coach of the Year’ award last year in recognition of his work in bringing on athletes in his squad and being able to have them progress into the Intermediate Women’s Squad.

Jon Winch

Senior Women’s Squad

Jon learned to row at Cantabs in 2003, rowing as part of the Senior Men’s Squad until he turned to coaching in 2010.

In 2017, he coached the Cantabs B and C crews to club record finishes at WEHoRR – he B crew were faster than all Cambridge college crews, and all but one town club A crew. The C crew were faster than all but one Cambridge college crew, and A crews from 4 Cambridge town clubs. In 2016, he coached a women’s masters C 4- to gold at the British Rowing Masters Championships, and a women’s masters C 4+ to a win at the Veteran Fours Head of the River, where they were the 3rd fastest 4+ of any age group.

Jon is a British Rowing qualified Level 2 coach, and coaches the Cantabs’ juniors in addition to the Senior Women, where his crews have won silver at Nat Schools and Nat Juniors.