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Marlow, United Kingdom
Born and raised in England, Mike’s first major success was in coaching the Great Britain double scull to silver in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
Between 1977 and 1989, he went on to produce medal-winning rowers for Great Britain at six World Championships, the 1984 Olympics (their first gold medal since 1948), and the 1988 Olympics. His services to British rowing were recognized with the Order of the British Empire in 1989.
Following the 1989 Worlds, Rowing Canada Aviron brought Mike to Canada and the training centre at Victoria’s Elk Lake. In his first four-year tenure as Head Coach of the National Men’s Rowing Program, Mike’s rowers earned medals for Canada at four World Championships and two Olympic Games. In 1993, Mike received the Meritorious Service Cross from the Canadian government.
In 2000, he returned to Elk Lake where, over the next 12 years, he produced a further eight World Champion boats and four Olympic medal winners and was named the International Rowing Federation’s “Coach of the Year” in 2002.