Sir David Tanner, arguably the most successful high-performance director in international rowing, is calling it a career. The longtime British Rowing performance director announced late last year that he would be ending his 21-year tenure in February 2018. Since taking the helm in 1996, GB rowers have collected an astonishing 27 Olympic medals—12 of them gold—and eight Paralympic medals. Tanner is also as the architect of Great Britain’s ascendant women’s rowing program, which won its first-ever Olympic medal in Sydney 2000 and first gold at the London 2012 Games.
Dear Doctor Rowing, I’ve been out of the game for a number of years but have recently begun to row a single. I’ve checked out a number of websites and watched a bunch of coaches on YouTube. Years ago, I learned the legs-back-arms method of applying power and it’s always worked for me. But lately down at the club all I hear is talk of “the core.” What’s with all this emphasis on the core?