Welsh Rowing has a stable performance programme that has developed significantly over the past four years, with a demonstrable record in the identification and development of rowers. The programme is rower centred in its philosophy and has produced rowers that have represented Great Britain at World and European championships across senior, under 23 and junior categories.

Welsh Rowing has also had strong performances at both the Commonwealth Regatta and at the annual Home International Regatta, including some trophy wins within recent years.

The Welsh Rowing World Class Start Centre is run by Liz Lewis, supported by British Rowing. The criteria for Start rowers can be found here. In addition, we have other rowers who are performing at a high level but fall outside of the Start criteria training within our Start Centre. Contact Liz Lewis for more details or to register yourself to be tested for Start please use this link.

Home International Regatta

Registration is now available for Home International Regatta 2017 which is to be held in Strathclyde on 22nd July. To represent Wales at the Home International Regatta you must fulfil one of the requirements below and be able to provide evidence in support of your eligibility: 

  • Having been born in Wales. 

  • Having a parent or Grandparent born in Wales. 

  • Having resided for not less than six consecutive months in Wales and having been a member of a rowing club therein during that time. 

  • Where a rower lives in Home Country A and rows in Home Country B actively for more than six months that athlete may opt once to row for either country. 

  • Where a rower has competed for Wales before. 

  • having been educated in country for 5 years at primary and/or secondary level 

Selection policies for senior and junior teams are now available.  Registration is now closed for juniors and seniors. Contact for advice on late entries. 

Click here to view our Appeals Procedure



Academy & Rowing for Wales


This squad of talented individuals have been fast tracked into rowing through meeting strict measurements that have been identified to lead to rowing performance. Our Academy programme is also now recognized by GB Rowing as a Satellite Start centre. This is lead by Welsh Rowing’s Academy Coach Liz Lewis. 

Talent Development

Our talent development coach, Richard Mehrtens, works alongside clubs and universities to support them in developing their most talented rowers.  This is in the form of working both directly with the athlete, but more importantly, with the athlete's coach.  In this way we able to support and develop some of the volunteers who are the lifeblood of our sport. 


Para-rowing in Wales has had success at Paralympic Games, through the likes of James Roberts.  James was supported and developed through City of Swansea Rowing Club and Swansea University Rowing Club.  We are now looking at how we might enable those with a disability to access our sport, and how we can support para-rowers to make the steps towards GB vests. For more information about para-rowing classification, please click here.

;This area is led by Welsh Rowing’s Academy Coach Liz Lewis.