Tanner Takes a Bow

Staff Reports

Reading, Great Britain, David Tanner, performance Director/Team Manager WRC. Photo by Peter Spurrier.

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.