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New Head Rowing Coach Appointed

Queen’s Sport are delighted to announce the appointment of John Armstrong as Head Rowing Coach. Armstrong is a former Queen’s student, captain of Queen’s Boat Club, captain of Lady Victoria Boat Club and brings a wealth of experience to the role. A bronze medallist at the World Championships in 1997, he has worked as a Talent Development Coach for Rowing Ireland in recent years.


Head of Sport Liz McLaughlin commented “The appointment of John as Rowing Head Coach is an exciting step for everyone involved with Rowing at Queen’s but in particular our student clubs.

Our recent partnership with Rowing Ireland focuses on developing performance athletes through this Head Coach role but, as we also anticipate the appointment of a Rowing Development Officer later this month, we are looking forward to broadening our participation numbers and the infrastructure around all levels of rowing at Queen’s University in the coming years.”


Armstrong will take up his new role on November 2nd and will be responsible for coaching a strong pool of rowers at Queen’s, including five students already on international pathways with Ireland and Great Britain. Earlier this year Elite Athlete Ross Corrigan was part of an Irish four which claimed bronze at the U-23 European Championships in Germany. Corrigan’s Irish team mates Hugh Moore and Molly Curry also competed internationally this summer while Nathan Hull and Fiona Bell have represented GB consistently in recent seasons.