Women’s Senior Squad

Putney Town Women’s Squad is one of the most rapidly developing squads on the Tideway. Having had an successful season, the women’s squad is putting increasing pressure on established clubs. The Squad is always keen to hear from women (aged 18+) who wish to further their competitive rowing careers. To find out more about membership click here.

Renowned for a collegiate atmosphere, under the careful leadership of Jade Gowan, Women’s Captain, the squad has thrived. With a core of talented Senior Women and a flourishing Intermediate squad, Putney Town is a fantastic club for rowers who are looking to perform on their own terms. The squad is built upon a demanding yet flexible training programme which enables athletes to pursue demanding careers whilst also achieving considerable success on the water.

Coached by Lewis Thorpe, winner of the 2016 Thames Cup with Molesey BC, the squad will begin a new performance driven programme in the new season. As a squad, Putney Town athletes are able to make use of exceptional training facilities, including a fleet of Filippis and Empachers, alongside a newly refurbished gym.

If you would like to further your competitive rowing career, and would like to know more about joining Putney Town’s Senior Women’s Squad, please email incoming Women’s Captain, Catherine Gleave.

Training and coaching

The Head Women’s Coach is Lewis Thorpe. Lewis rowed for Molesey BC since junior level, culminating in winning the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2016. He began his coaching career at his home club before joining Putney Town early in 2018.

The Development and Intermediate Squad have separate coaches, and follow an adapted training plan. This is to enable squad development and allow for talented but less experienced women to move up to the Senior  Squad more quickly.

The Women’s Squad aims to go on two camps each year: one weekend at the beginning of the year (normally the first weekend in January) and a week’s Spring Camp in April.  In previous years, we have been to Henley and Dorney over the Winter and places like Varese, in northern Italy; or Soustons, in the south of France for a week’s intense training prior to the beginning of the summer season. We train at Dorney at several times throughout the season, particularly during crew selection periods.

Social side

Putney Town Rowing Club is renowned for being a very sociable club. With events taking place throughout the year there are a number of parties which bring the squads together. The women’s squad regularly hosts their own socials and will celebrate after races in the bar.

Getting involved

We welcome all women with previous sweep and sculling experience and an ambition to row competitively. The squad has a good range of equipment for both lightweight and open-weight women and following the success and growth of the club, it yearly makes new investments in equipment.

We are always keen to talk to novice or experienced coxes and proactively invest in the development of our coxes.

For further information, please email the Women’s Captain 


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