3 Nov 2012

World Rowing Federation names Richard Tonks Coach of the Year

9:38 am on 3 November 2012

The World Rowing Federation has handed the New Zealand head coach Richard Tonks the Coach of the Year Award, for the third time.

The organisation says when New Zealand picked up an unprecedented five medals at the London Olympic Games it was clear Tonks was behind the success.

Gold medals for Mahé Drysdale and the men's pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, and the overseeing of a programme which also included a gold for the heavyweight double scull and two bronze medals were enough to secure Tonks the title.

Tonks was also the architect behind the two gold medals of the Evers-Swindell twins and Rob Waddell.