Former LYR coach Hannah Vines, started rowing as a junior in Henley-on-Thames. As the self proclaimed "last kid to be picked in the team sports", rowing gave her the opportunity to "be sporty outside of school." The support from her club and coaches from a young age inspired her to take up teaching and eventually coaching.

After completing a degree in Sport Science and Business Studies, Hannah taught in further education for 15 years. She switched to full time rowing coaching in 2015.

Hannah was the LYR Head Coach at Brampton Manor Academy (BMA). BMA was LYR’s flagship Academy programme, offering a full time rowing coach and fleet of equipment solely for academy use.

My time with that school was brilliant. I took approximately 500 kids rowing over a year and even got a few racing. My fondest memory was watching the kids from BMA represent Newham at the London Youth Games in 2015. I'd only been in post 6 months and the kids had committed to extra sessions and put themselves out there to race. I remember standing there thinking I cannot believe this is happening after only 6 months. As one of the team was racing they would run alongside cheering, with no instruction from me. It just happened and made me incredibly proud of them.


Academy programmes are intended to nurture young people from complete beginner through to competitive athlete during their school years. Mossbourne Community Academy is LYR’s current academy programme, producing athletes such as Sam Nunn and Leila Bernstein.

Hannah left LYR to take up the role of Rowing Manager at Dorney Lake, the London 2012 Olympic Rowing venue.

From my time at LYR I learnt that if you give young people an opportunity to shine, they will thrive. I also learnt that if you create an environment where effort is celebrated not just the outcome, you can really influence the behaviour and aspirations of young people.


LYR gives young people an opportunity to try a unique sport which isn't traditional, develops confidence and courage as they step outside their comfort zone. LYR also gives the influence of coaches that influence young people through sport. Rowing demands training and this commitment develops resilience in young people. Also, LYR gives the opportunity to believe in the potential of young people that will continue to help change their lives.

Photo credit:
Banner image: Hannah coaching at London Youth Games (@vinezy Twitter)
Bottom left: Hannah with three BMA students, now graduated and volunteering at NJIRC 2019 (@vinezy Twitter)