IT’S clear when speaking to international rowing coach Robin Williams that he lives and breathes the sport.
His impressive career has seen him row at six world championships for Great Britain, win the Boat Race with Cambridge an astonishing seven times in 11 years as chief coach and taste Olympic glory when he coached Heather Stanning and Helen Glover to gold at London 2012.
The 55-year-old learnt to row when he was at Monmouth School in South Wales.
“I always remember those first few days of rowing on the River Wye,” he says. “That was a really valuable experience that put me in touch with the sport.”
He attended University College London and rowed for London University Rowing Club, first representing Great Britain in 1981 at the age of 22.