I started canoeing in 1959 at Richmond Canoe Club before there were racing coaches in British clubs.
From this an interest in coaching developed. I attended a series of top-level European sprint events, and observed paddlers technique, I had many discussions with coaches from the leading countries and I applied this knowledge gained to my own club paddlers. I became involved with the formation of British teams through the paddlers I coached.
First Olympic Games Munich 1972. Coach / Manager
Last Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 Coach
I worked with most Olympic teams over this period.
As well as Olympic involvement I have coached racing canoeing at all levels, working with numerous National Sprint and Marathon Teams and in canoe clubs for over 50 years.
I am chief coach at Elmbridge Canoe Club which I co-founded in 1982 as a club with total focus on kayak racing. After 30 years in existence the club can now boast 43 World Championship Medals with 19 athletes (men, women, boys and girls), three athletes having been awarded an MBE.
My achievements as a coach have been officially recognised by both the BCU/BC and Sports Coach UK.
I am a member of the BC Sprint Racing Committee and the BC Marathon Racing Committee and I represent their interests on the International Panel for selection.
I also own and Run Lawler engineering which makes the V bars, ergo’s and paddle sliders which can be found around the world as well as everything else that makes a boat work.