Masters Program

Josh Kelly

Josh has been rowing with Avon rowing club for the past four seasons. He is moving into his second season with the Avon Masters group and is loving the hard work, dedication, and appreciation this group has for the sport. Josh is also part of the St Andrew’s coaching team where he is leading the U16 boys age group.

Josh is currently studying full time at New Zealand Institute of sport where he aims to complete his Degree in Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition at the University of Canterbury in the near future.

Josh is determined to develop anyone he coach’s as he see’s great value and benefit from being involved with the sport of rowing, not only on the water but off the water as well.

Harriet Williams

Phoebe Collier

Senior Club Coaches

David Lindstrom

David started his rowing journey as a coxswain before turning his hand to rowing.
As a rower David had a great career attending multiple World Championships taking away medals on two occasions and an Olympic games. David turned to coaching after rowing and his crews have won numerous national titles across school, club and representative level.
David has worked with Rowing New Zealand as a selector for over two decades, working across elite U23 and U19 squads.

Logan Keys

Logan is Director of Rowing and Performance coach at Avon RC aswell as Head coach at Rangi Ruru Girls School. Previously he has coached NZ U19s and the U23s.

Logan began rowing at Christchurch Boys High School (CBHS) and went on to represent New Zealand in the U23 4+ winning silver at the World Championship in Linz 2013. Logan was also assisting coaching at CBHS and studying during this time before focusing on his rowing at Southern RPC 2013-2014.

In 2015 Logan decided to step into coaching full-time and became Head Coach at CBHS where he remained until 2019. During this time the CBHS programme continued to build and develop successful crews across the board and had a number of rowers being invited to NZ team trials. In 2019 Logan lead the CBHS boys U18 8+ to gold, their first ever Maadi cup title. That year they won 8 golds and 2 bronzes and were winners of the overall points trophy. Logan assisted in Southern RPC winter coaching in 2017 and was named a Junior Coach in 2018 where he coached the M4- leading the team to silver. In 2019 Logan coached Jack Lopas and Ollie McLean in the U23 2x where they were based in the USA and joined the NZ team in Florida and got silver. For the 2020-2021 season Logan joined Rangi Ruru as the senior coach, winning the Levin Jubilee Cup (Girls' U18 8+) along with the Star trophy for Top School.

Logan has completed a Commerce degree and a Master’s of Professional Accounting, which he was able to do during his time as a rower.

Since starting in coaching Logan has completed the Rowing NZ Coach Scholarship course and has attended RNZ HP coach workshops.

Sophie Strachan

Tim Hopkins

Tim moved to NZ from the UK in 2018, where he had previously coached at Liverpool University first as assistant coach before taking on the head coach role in 2017. When Tim moved to NZ he became head coach of Avonside Girls High School before joining St Andrew’s college in 2018 as Assistant Director of Rowing. He has previously been involved as the head regional coach for Canterbury Rowing Association and coached the South Island U18 team in 2021 & 2022.

Tim studied Physics at university, has a Masters in renewable energy and now works full-time as a project manager alongside coaching at Avon Rowing Club. Since arriving in NZ Tim has continued to upskill himself in coaching by completing the RNZ coach education modules, attending seminars, workshops, coaches conference, RNZ career coach 2018 cohort and is part of the HPSNZ core knowledge programme.

Tim is also the Canterbury coach developer and runs online and in person coaching courses for rowingNZ.

Leon Barrowcliffe

Leon began his rowing journey as a coxswain and rower. After leaving school rowing, Leon joined Avon Rowing Club as an athlete. He began his coaching career at Villa Maria College. In his initial years of coaching Leon helped coach at a few of Avon’s Learn to Row initiatives with intermediate aged students and the masters group.

In 2020 he moved to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School where he is currently the lead coach of the U16 Program. In the 2021/2022 season, Leon was an assistant coach of the Intermediate group of the club which was a great experience to work with mature athletes. After experiencing some national success, in the winter of 2022 Leon was a coach of the Canterbury Regional Winter Program.

Outside of coaching at Avon and Rangi Ruru, Leon is a Secondary School teacher.

Tony O'Connor

Intermediate & Novice Coaches

Sophie Jackson



Club Captains

Arlia O'Sullivan

Women's Co-Captain

Macaela Turfus

Women's Co-Captain

William Johnson

Men's Captain of Boats

Corbin Newlands

Men's Social Captain