Coaching Team

Head Coach, Cameron Kennedy

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Cam joined UBBC in September 2015 after 3 very successful seasons coaching the Senior Women’s squad at Durham University Boat Club, winning Henley Women’s Regatta in Academic 8+, Elite 2- and Elite LW2- categories. Also winning a host of medals at EUSA and winning 3 Women’s Victor Ludorum’s at BUCS regatta and BUCS head events. Before coaching in the UK, he coached on the Australian Junior National team, led a successful Junior program at Brisbane & GPS Rowing club and was the Director of Rowing & Teacher at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, Australia. Cam has nurtured many young rowers onto national teams. His favourite things include Disney, McDonalds, rough water and quiet catches.

Assistant Coach, Edward Bloomfield

Ed joined UBBC in September 2015, bringing with him experience racing and later coaching with St Edwards Oxford, competing in HRR semi finals, and NSR Ch8+. Ed also competed for the Royal Chester Rowing Club at HRR while studying History and Sport Science. He leads the on-water crew work with the women’s squad, as well as working with development athletes in the men’s squad. Ed lead our women’s squad to both semi and quarterfinals in Academic 8’s at HWR in 2017, the only University to qualify two 8’s in the category.

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Will Ruscombe-King

S&C is at the core of being an athlete, and Will has years of experience on the topic.

Formally with Welsh Hockey, Will works with performance sports club’s at the University, with rowing having a key focus. Will has been invited to the EIS at Bisham Abbey to liaise with the GB Rowing S&C team, ensuring University of Bristol rowers follow current best practice in rowing programming. Will works closely with the Head Rowing Coach to target key areas of development to cover the varying needs within our squads. He has been able to professionalise and streamline the individualisation of our Strength and Conditioning training, which has become one of the favourite aspects of the rowers training. Seeing the rowers work together with exceptional intent in the gym is certainly a sight to behold.

Head Novice Coach, Peter Jones

Peter, better known as PJ, is UBBC Alumnus, having been a significant contributor on the club committee for 2 of his 3 years at the club. PJ works with the Sports Department of the prestigious Clifton College School, Bristol and assists with coaching their rowing program. He rowed at Durham ARC for a year post-UBBC, and has been known to make an appearance or two for the formidable Nonesuch BC. He is also heavily involved in the Alumni communications, editing the Alumni newsletter.

PJ has been at the forefront of the early development of many of our current top senior rowers, some of whom have continued on to GB Trials in their later years. This year he has redesigned the novice program to include a key focus on small boats from early on, allowing our novice athletes to fast-track their on-water progress and become confident GB Triallists while students at the University.