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Meet our Team! We’re very lucky to have Dario on board with us! He’s looking forward to getting back on the water soon with our Learn to Row courses and private lessons at our Melbourne location! Read about his journey here.

I started rowing when I was 12, following my brother after seeing him fall in love with the sport and very soon I was hooked. My first experience on the water was with a small club based in the town of Bari, Southern Italy. I received some excellent coaching and had immediate success winning a race at the National Championships and was given the opportunity to train with the junior national team. I later moved to Rome and continued to train and compete, eventually earning the honour of representing Italy on the international stage. An illness in the family prompted me to put training to one side and I shifted my focus to coaching.

My own coach gave me the opportunity to assist him with his squad and at 17 years old I ended up coaching athletes who were often older than me but I was able to rely on my own experiences to guide them to the podium at the National Championships, and help athletes break into the national team.

I later found myself following my brother again, this time to Melbourne and started coaching and competing for Richmond Rowing Club – a really warm and welcoming community, where TopRow will operate, which soon became part of my family. As a coach I feel lucky to be able to share my passion for the sport. It gives me great satisfaction and pride seeing beginners develop and fall in love with rowing just like I did. Rowing has become such an integral and positive part of my life I want to afford the same opportunities to everyone I have the pleasure to coach and I will always give 100% for them.

Meet our Team: Ainsley Raggatt

Meet our Team: Ainsley Raggatt

I began rowing at my school at St Catherine’s in year 8. I originally started rowing just to prove to my older sister that I was better than her. But like most people, I was addicted to the sport within the first few weeks. After leaving school, I took a year away...

Meet our Team: Harriet Lowe

Meet our Team: Harriet Lowe

If you've ever rowed with us in London, you've probably met (or at least emailed) Harriet. She joined our team in 2018 when our London Putney location first opened. It started as a summer coaching job after she graduated from university and before a winter working as...

Meet Our Team: Will Golding

Meet Our Team: Will Golding

Like so many people in our sport, Will didn't start out as a rower. Rather, he played football (soccer) and rugby - "not especially well," as he tells it - in addition to running cross country. After his first year at the University of East London he came to the...