Director of Rowing
Nigel Weare started coxing at Strode’s School in late 1975, when a colleague pupil put his hand on Nigel’s shoulder and said, “You’re small, you can come and cox us”. Nowadays that would be called talent identification! By the end of his first year Nigel had 2 silver medals at the National Championships. In 1977, he was the most successful junior in the country measured by numbers of wins, finally becoming a national champion the following year. He went on to win a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Moscow in 1979, two weeks after his eight set a world best time.
Nigel then became part of the 1980 Olympic training squad with the coxed pair, and coxed the junior eight again at the World Juniors, finishing fourth. In 1981 he coxed the senior GB eight up to Lucerne International regatta, where he won silver and bronze medals, and was a losing finalist in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
As a cox, Nigel has won at the Schools Head, Fours Head, Head Of The River Race, Women’s Eights Head, National Schools Regatta, National Championships, Hazewinkel International, Nottingham International, Lucerne International, and the World Junior Championships.
In 1978, Nigel started coaching the sixth form girls, who had their first win for him as a coach at Lea Open regatta. In 1983, his crew became the first ever winners of the junior women’s coxed fours event at the Home International.
Nigel became Master i/c Rowing at Forest School, Snaresbrook, in 1986 and was based at the Springhill boathouse, during which time his crews won gold, in a course record time, and bronze medals at the National Championships, and had the 2nd most successful year in the history of the school boat club.
In 1988, Nigel became a National Coach for the Amateur Rowing Association, where he was to stay for 15 years.
Domestically, he coached crews to medals at the National Schools Regatta, including a 1, 2 in WJ2x, and produced medallists at both junior and senior levels at the National Championships. He produced 2 wins at Women’s Henley, in a course record in the WJ4-, the other in the W2-, as well as both a losing finalist and losing semi-finalist crew in the same W4x event in 1990, both junior crews losing to the eventual winner of the senior event.
Internationally, he coached at the Anglo-French Match, the Coupe de la Jeunesse, producing the first ever GB medals for a quad, and at 5 Junior World Championships, coaching the first WJ4x ever to be selected for GB to break the 7’ mark, getting the first GB junior quad into an A final at a world championships, and coaching the only GB MJ4x to break 6’ for 2000m. Crew members have included Gillian Lindsay, Steve Trapmore, Ian Weighell and Bobby Thatcher.
During his time at the ARA, Nigel wrote 67 technical articles for Regatta Magazine. He produced 20 videos, including one on women’s rowing technique with Bob Michaels, and one on British Junior Technique with Mark Banks. He appears on “Row Safe” and authored the rigging section of “Go Faster With Foster”.
In 2003, Nigel became an Education & Training Manager for sports coach UK, where he was involved in creating the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate, as well as co-creating the “Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport” qualification for 1st4Sport.
In 2004, Nigel became self-employed and started coaching the Army and Combined Services crews. In 2005, he coached the winning crew in the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, following this in 2006 with an entirely different crew by winning the Brittania Challenge Cup, and producing a semi-finalist crew in the Visitors Challenge Cup. His first eight finished 19th in the Head Of The River Race in 2006 and 2008, and was 12th of the finishers in the unofficial results of the cancelled 2007 event.
From 2004 to 2010, Nigel has also been the chairman of a predominately non-competitive junior club.
Nigel is also an accomplished coach educator. He is a national trainer for sports coach UK, and a British Rowing tutor and assessor for UKCC levels 2 and 3. He rewrote the Bronze and Silver coaching awards for the ARA, and organised the last Gold Award course to be run, when he was one of only 4 people to pass.
Nigel designed the ARA Ergometer Awards scheme, the forerunner to Project Oarsome.
He ran the National J16 sculling camp for 12 years.
Nigel wrote “Assessing in Sport”, which is used as the accompanying resource for assessor training for all UKCC sports.
Nigel is also Director of Rowing at Langley Academy, Slough, since 2011.
Since Nigel’s appointment to Lea RC, the club has won 3 pennants at the Women’s Head, setting 2 course records, Intermediate Eights at Women’s Henley, and pennants at the Scullers’ Head and the Pairs’ Head