Mike Spracklen, one of the world’s most
respected rowing coaches, has coached at the national level in Canada, the U.S.
and his native Great Britain. Most recently, the Canadian men’s eight won gold
at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing dominating the field of contenders at the
Shunyi Olympic rowing park. He has led the Canadian men's eight to wins at the
World Championships (2002, 2003 and 2007) and was named 2002 FISA Coach of the
Year. In the early 1990s, Spracklen also coached the Canadian men's eight to a
gold at the 1992 Olympics and was Silken Laumann's coach for both the 1992 and
the 1996 Olympics.