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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 from the sport which made me realise just how much I need it in my life. I have been rowing competitively for 12 years now; and coaching the sport for 8. It was not just the pink zooties that attracted me to Banks Rowing Club, but their club values of unity, respect, opportunity and excellence resonate through me and I am incredibly proud to be a part of it.

The tight knit community along the Yarra River has provided me with some amazing coaching opportunities at St Catherine’s, Yarra Yarra, Richmond, Rowing School Victoria, Learn2Row and now with TopRow. Being able to coach athletes in the sport that I love and watch them progress and fall in love with it just as I did, is unbelievably rewarding. Rowing has not only taught me a lot about myself and who I am, but it has challenged me to strive for more. With a bit of consistency, determination and the right support, any goal is possible. I have had a crack at most sports, and rowing is one of a kind. I know I’ll be “sending it” along the Yarra for the rest of my life, and I look forward to coaching many more athletes to do the same. 

Meet our Team: Xanthe Hadfield

Meet our Team: Xanthe Hadfield

Sport has always played an important part of my life, but It wasn’t love at first sight when I initially tried my hand at rowing at school. I was predominantly a competitive ballroom dancer, more concerned with getting blisters on my feet rather than my hands! After...

Meet our Team: Thais Umbelino

Meet our Team: Thais Umbelino

Thais joined TopRow in 2019 because she wanted a flexible job that would fit in around her studying. Now that Thais has graduated from university she has more time and wanted to take the opportunity to get more involved in TopRow Putney. Thais Learnt to row in Brazil...

Meet our Team: Melanie Perkins

Meet our Team: Melanie Perkins

Having learnt to row with a laid back university club in York (UK), I didn’t know what I was getting into when I later joined my local club in London with a 6 day a week training program. I was soon hooked. With the club spirit and vision of winning shiny pots, rowing...