North Palm Beach Rowing Club Welcomes Brian Elliott, Former Canadian Olympian
North Palm Beach Rowing Club is pleased to welcome new talent to our team. Brian Elliott, a former Canadian Olympian, 7x National Team Member, has competed internationally for 31 years including World Championships and the Pan American Games. He is well known internationally for having coached two Olympians including a bronze medalist and two World Champions during the past 20 years. His knowledge of rowing technique and performance training is proven by the speed with which his rowers attain international success. Brian will be advising us on all aspects of our youth and masters rowing program and general club operations.
Brian is excited to be here with us in Florida where the weather allows training year-round compared to Canada where time on the water is limited to a ten- week period. Brian has been able to take “novice rower” like Melanie Kok (a subsequent bronze medal Olympian) from learning how to row to a gold medal at England’s Henley Royal Regatta in just 3 months time.
In Melanie’s own words,
“I had never touched an oar prior to March of 2002. Over the next few months (April to June of 2002), our crew would go on to win a silver medal at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, gold medals at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America regatta (‘American Schoolboy regatta’ as it is better known), as well as the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (‘Canadian Schoolboy’) regatta in the Senior Women’s 4+, one of the most competitive events. Two weeks later at the Henley Women’s Regatta in England, we won the gold medal as high school athletes competing in the College Coxed Four, competing against athletes far older and more experienced than we were. These achievements speak for themselves – not only was Brian able to manage and optimize training and tapering cycles for multiple regattas within a span of less than 3 months, but he achieved perhaps the most difficult of tasks for any coach: motivating and enabling the crew to perform above their own capabilities.“
Welcome to our team, Brian!