Meet our staff: Director of Rowing Nick Bartlett

Oct 9, 2020 | Community News

Nick Bartlett has come a long way to find himself rowing along Sale’s picturesque Thomson River with the School’s cohort of rowing students. Born in the UK, Mr Bartlett graduated top of his class in Archaeology at Newcastle University and coached rowing at Gippsland Grammar for a year in 2014 before returning to the UK to work as both a rowing coach and archaeologist for two years. In 2017 Mr Bartlett returned to I returned to Australia and in 2018 was appointed Gippsland Grammar’s Director of Rowing. Mr Bartlett is married to a Gippsland Grammar Old Scholar and when he’s not rowing, loves to play golf and cycle. 

What’s the highlight of your school day? When the clock hits 3.30am and I head down to the boat sheds to get out on the water to do my coaching. Sometimes when it is a beautiful day and I am out on the river in a boat I have to pinch myself that this is my job.

Greatest success at Gippsland Grammar? Coaching a sculler to 7th place in the Under-19 Single and 4th place in the Schoolboy Single at the National Rowing Championships in 2019. A close equal second would be coaching a crew to bronze in the Div. 2. Schoolgirls Quad at Head of the Schoolgirls in 2019 and winning the Melbourne Head in the Schoolboy quad in 2019.

Favourite annual School event? The event I look forward to the most is the Rowing Camp each January. It is a fantastic bonding experience for the coaches, the parents and the students and a lot of planning goes into ensuring it is a success. Waking up each morning knowing that the only thing I have to focus on is delivering high-quality rowing coaching is a very liberating feeling, and the passion and excitement that the students show drives me on each day.

Thing you love most about Gippsland Grammar? Without a doubt it’s the students I get to work with each year. Rowing provides really clear and easy ways of seeing how students grow and develop, whether it is technically on the water or physically on the rowing machine and seeing the students grow and develop over what is usually a five-year period is the best part of the job. The way the students approach every session with dedication and excitement is great and the culture and Community they have fostered is wonderful to be a part of.

It’s been a challenging year, have you found a silver lining? The best silver lining for me as a coach was to see the massive increase in activity as a result of people having some extra time on their hands. We ran an ISO challenge and have since taken part in Rowing Victoria’s Active Minutes Challenge and with both challenges it has been wonderful to see the rowing community at Gippsland Grammar rise up and take part.

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