Sunday, 22 October 2017

5ft 1in, but she’s in charge

DESPITE standing at just 5ft 1in, Zoe Toledo knows exactly how to control a boat full

DESPITE standing at just 5ft 1in, Zoe Toledo knows exactly how to control a boat full of powerful athletes.

She says: “To be a good cox you need to be able to manage large groups of people, be decisive and have a good boat feel.

“Coxes have different personal attributes for different crews. Some crews might need to be geed up, some calming down, some need their hands to be held and others need independence. A good cox can play a variety of roles.

“Until I joined the GB women’s team in 2012 I’d only coxed men but there’s no real difference between coxing a male crew and a female one. On the water at an elite level everyone is there for the same reason.

“You need to get it out of them when their lungs are burning and it’s the last 250m of a race. That’s when a cox has got to be able to tap into the psyche of the crew.”





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