Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club

Squads & Training

We have two main squads at Barnes Bridge Ladies which, in the spirit of the club, aims to accommodate all types of rowers.

Senior Squad

These ladies are either home grown rowers who have transitioned from our Novice Squad or more experienced rowers who learned to row at other Clubs or Universities.

Performance crews’ focus during the winter are the Head Races and then the multi-lane regattas in preparation for Women’s Henley Regatta. Members wanting to race at a high level will train most days following a high intensity training programme.

We have a number of competive Masters rowers who regularly race at Masters events, such as Henley Masters, European and World Masters.

Senior squad coached water sessions are on a Monday, Thursday evenings & Saturday morning. We have dedicated Strength & Conditioning Coach, sessions are held on Sunday.

Novice Squad

The majority of our Novices learn to row at BBLRC. They compete at Novice level in Head and Regattas in the season. Once Novices are sufficiently skilled they are invited to join the Senior squad.

Novice squad coached water sessions are on a Saturday & Sunday mornings.

To be self sufficient and row solo or with other scullers or rowers, members need to complete a steers test. This involves learning about the safety, tides and tideway rules. Approved steers are able to organise their own outings outside of organised sessions.

We have our very own gym on site ‘The Shed’, included in the membership fees and access to a rowing training tank.

If you are an experienced rower – be it Senior or Novice – you can join a session or two to try us out. If you’re interested contact us or read more about joining.

Coaching Team

HEAD COACH – Abby Johnson

Abby has been Head Coach at Barnes Bridge Ladies since 2017 and has been involved in the wider rowing world for almost 20 years. After learning to row at school, and representing Great Britain as a junior, she continued her rowing at Newcastle University and then Molesey Boat Club where she made various Henley Women’s finals and qualified for HRR, before deciding to pursue a career in coaching.

Abby’s full time role is the Senior Lead rowing coach at Lady Eleanor Holles School. Abby previously worked as the Assistant Director of Rowing at St Paul’s School and lead squad coach at Emanuel School working with all ages and abilities and gaining a wealth of knowledge when it comes to working on the Tideway.

As Head Coach at Barnes Bridge, Abby hopes to create a squad of women who have a real love for the sport of rowing and who are able to race at all levels of  competition. Whether that be an 8+ racing for a top 50 position at WEHORR or a novice 4+ hoping to win at Putney Town Regatta – Abby’s main aim is to show that there is something for everyone in this sport!

ROWING COACH – Kate Pankhurst

Kate’s been involved with rowing since 2014, enrolling on a Learn to Row course at Auriol Kensington, and never looked back. Enjoying some success in competition – a Henley Women’s semi-final in 2017 and three medals at the British Rowing Indoor Championship between 2016 and 2018 (one gold, one silver, one bronze). Kate has been coaching the sport both at Auriol Kensington and Barnes Bridge Ladies where she’s looked after the Novice Squad since 2020.

Kate’s main objective as a coach is to instill her love for rowing and motivate athletes to reach their goals. She always looks to get the very best out of them, sharing my own experience, knowledge and passion for the sport.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING – Charlie Girdler-Maslen

From a young age Charlie has been involved in a range of competitive sports, with a particular focus on rowing, rugby, and Olympic weightlifting. More recently Charlie has completed a degree in Strength and Conditioning Science, and is currently studying Applied S&C (MSc) at St Mary’s University whilst maintaining part-time coaching roles at rowing and weightlifting clubs.

Charlie enjoys being involved with all levels of experience and abilities at BBL, and loves the friendly yet competitive atmosphere in training sessions. His role at the club is to provide Strength and Conditioning support to any members who want to get faster and stronger on the water. Charlie’s main aim as a strength and conditioning coach is to apply scientific principles to improve force and power production during performance, and to prevent the risk of injury.