Karen honed her rowing skills at Cambois Rowing Club on the lower reaches of the River Wansbeck in Northumberland where she joined as a Junior and was coached by her father in all types of boats. After being a successful competitive Junior rower, Karen’s competitive days as a Senior came to a halt when she sustained a serious collarbone injury. A career in teaching soon followed along with marriage and the birth of her daughter Ava.
After moving to Windsor for a teaching post, Karen stumbled across the EERC Novice Regatta and before long was back in many boats, competing, training and rekindling her love for the Sport of Rowing. Now she wants to share her passion with all of the new EERC members and when not rowing she can be found assisting on the LTR programme.
Rachel took up rowing when she moved to Southsea from Scotland in 2015. Having learned to row in coastal boats, she made the switch to the river in 2016 when she moved to Windsor and joined EERC. Rachel now focuses primarily on sculling and spends much of her time competing in a single.
Rachel is also a British Rowing Level 2 Coach and is part of the coaching team for the Learn to Row courses and Novice and Recreational Squads, in addition to supporting the Junior programme. She also trains a lot and needs to be fed at regular intervals.
Nicki became an active member at EERC after entering the 2015 Pubs & Clubs Novice Regatta Event. After rowing with the Senior Ladies Squad throughout the 8’s season, she soon moved into a Double and collected her first Novice Pot In August 2017 as well as the Club award for Most Improved Oarswoman 2016/2017 season.
Nicki spends much of her spare time assisting others through the Learn to Row programme and coaching the Novice and Recreational Squad. Nicki is a member of the competitive Masters Women's Squad and focuses primarily on sculling.
Fiona has been a member of Eton Excelsior Rowing Club since 1996. She started as a novice in the Foundation squad but quickly caught the rowing bug and moved into competitive rowing the following year, racing for the Senior squad in a coxed four.
Fiona is also an experienced sculler – competing in single, double and quadruple sculls at both club and national events. In addition to racing in regattas she has also represented EERC at the Scullers, Pairs, Fours and Women’s Eights Heads. She currently trains with the Women Masters squad.
Fiona served on the committee for many years as Captain, Safety Advisor, Secretary and Ordinary Member and was voted in as Vice-President in 2000. Fiona obtained her Instructor’s Award qualification and has been coaching beginners in both sweep and sculling for over 15 years. She currently helps with the Foundation Squad as well has teaching single sculling during the summer.
Clare joined EERC after completing a Learn to Row day in September 2016. After spending three months in Foundation she transferred into the Senior Women's squad in January 2017 and took part in her first head race just three weeks later!
An active Committee Member, Clare organises the monthly email broadcasts and takes care of the club's social media. She is a member of the Seniors Women’s squad and, as well as pot hunting, her goals for the season include a sub 7.50 2k erg!
Caroline first joined the club aged 12 when it was based in Eton on King Stable Street. After a couple of years coxing she then moved onto rowing and stayed with the club until leaving school. After a stint of rowing at Royal Holloway University she then returned to EERC and stayed on until her young family took over.
Five years ago, with the children able to look after themselves, Caroline rejoined the club and worked her way into the EERC Masters Ladies Squad where she is now an active member and a very successful competitor for the club.
With the intention to understand what it is like to row before he started coxing, Pete attended an EERC Learn to Row course in spring 2005. After a shaky debut as a cox at an EERC scratch regatta Pete teamed up with a focused and dedicated regular novice men’s crew winning their novice pot at Henley Town and Visitors Regatta against Upper Thames RC. Pete went on to cox the winning Vet Ladies Crew achieving gold at the National Veteran Championships in 2009 (WB IM3 4+) and qualified as a BR Level 2 coach in 2009.
Pete has spent many hours supporting the club and has held a number of committee positions: Social Secretary, Membership Secretary, Vice-Captain, Chairman and now President. These days you are guaranteed to find Pete “encouraging” club members to stay fit at the Tuesday evening circuit training sessions.
Fiona joined our Learn to Row course in the summer of 2017, was bitten by the rowing bug and decided to join as a full member. Always eager to learn, she has immersed herself in the Development crew programme in order to increase her fitness and improve her rowing technique. As a successful competitive swimmer in her native New Zealand, she loves the water and finds singling a zen like experience!
Fiona works in a senior management role focusing on Safety and Compliance and will be working with the club to ensure Eton Excelsior leads the way with exemplary Safety standards and practices.
David manages all the finances, admin, and contracts for EERC. Introduced to the Club in 2011 by his daughters who were National champions during their time at Eton, he likes to row in a double with Nick White, though is to be seen annually in a Quad on the Tideway!!!
You will see him on the water very early morning every weekend, and he spends his summer evenings in his single; he really needs to get a life outside of rowing! (Which of course he has as he has a mean golf handicap!).
Chris is the ‘glue’ who holds the Club together. Having been with EERC for the last 12 seasons, he has spent countless hours quietly repairing boats, adjusting foot plates, changing shoes and polishing bow balls. He is quick to share his rowing knowledge and boat ‘know how’ to tenacious Club Members who are passionate about both performance & boat componentry.
When not with his brother Colin mowing the lawns, doing the gardens or maintaining the driveway, Chris can be found out on the river sculling with his wife Maureen and the lovely Helen in our fabulous vintage wooden skiff.