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<i>Roylerow</i><i>Performance Training Programs</i>
<i>Roylerow</i><i>Performance Training Programs</i>

RoylerowPerformance Training Programs

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Marlene Royle
Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR)

Legendary masters rowing coach Marlene Royle began her career as an elite rower in 1977 at the historic West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, New York, USA. Continuing at Boston University, Marlene won national titles in rowing and sculling as a collegiate and elite athlete including a US national university championship, a US national championship in the lightweight quad, and in 2000, world indoor rowing records in the 6000-meter and 30-minute categories.

In 1982, Marlene began her professional coaching career while still at Boston University, coaching the Boston University Summer Recreational Rowing Program, a community sweep program on the Charles River.

Beginning in 1986, she joined the coaching staff at Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont, including the role of associate director from 2004-2006.
From 2006-2009, Marlene was the head coach at the Florida Rowing Center. Currently, Marlene is the masters coach at Aviron Knowlton Rowing, Quebec Canada. Marlene also offers camps and lessons by arrangement.

In 1999, Marlene established Roylerow, the first online rowing coaching program. And in 2017, she extended her online services by cofounding Faster Masters Rowing, which includes cohosting the Faster Masters Rowing Radio podcast.

As a registered occupational therapist, Marlene has specialized in orthopaedics and upper extremity rehabilitation. Although retired from competitive racing, Marlene still trains every day, rowing, biking, running, or cross-country skiing.


Athletic Career Highlights
  • U.S. National Rowing Team Trials (1985, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000)
  • Concept2 Indoor World Record for 30-minute and 6k rows, age 30-39, (2000)
  • US Olympic Training Center, Lightweight National Team Camp (1986, 1987)
  • Boston University Varsity Rowing Captain (1985)
  • Rowing News, monthly magazine columnist and website contributor
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1999, Marlene at stroke in the LW2x, Royal Canadian Henley

Podcasts and Webinars
Club and Camp Coaching
  • USRowing Fan's Choice Awards - Masters Coach of the Year - Runner up (2013)
  • Beverly Jean Cook Award, Boston University Crew (1982)
  • Melissa Hale Spencer Award, West Side Rowing Team (1980)
Education and Certifications
  • Boston University- Sargent College of Allied Health Professions (1981-1985)
  • Certified Nordic Ski Instructor, Member Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (2010)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Expert by the Tudor Bompa Training System education committee (2002)
  • National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (1994)
  • American Occupational Therapy Certification Board, Registered Occupational Therapist (1987)
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2020, Marlene on Lac Brome, Quebec, Canada

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2000, Marlene at USRowing Senior National Championships, LW1x

Medal List
Gold Medals
  • Head of the Connecticut, W2x, 5500m (1999)
  • Head of the Housatonic, W2x, 4500m, (1999)
  • Maine State Rowing Championships, W1x, 1000m, (1998)
  • Maine State Rowing Championships, W1x, 5000m (1998)
  • Kennebec River Flat Water Drag, W1x, 6500m, (1998)
  • Moosehead Lake Rowing Regatta, W1x, 6000m (1998)
  • Governor’s Cup of Florida, W1x, 1000m (1998)
  • Miami International Regatta, W1x, 1000m (1998)
  • Miami International Regatta, W4x, 1000m (1998)
  • Miami Beach Invitational Regatta, W1x, 1500m (1998)
  • US National Championships, LW4x, 2000m (1986)
  • New England Championships, LW4x, 2000m (1985)
  • US Collegiate National Championships, College Novice W8+, 1500m (1982)
  • Head of the Charles Regatta, Youth W8+, 5000m (1982)
Silver Medals
  • US Pan American Team Trials, LW2x, 2000m (1999)
  • Head of the Charles Regatta, Master’s 2x, 5000m (1998)
  • NH Rowing Championships, W1x, 5000m (1998)
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, LW2x, 2000m (1986)
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, LW8+, 2000m (1986)
  • Eastern Sprints Championships, College Novice W8+, 1500m (1982)
Bronze Medals
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, LW2x, 2000m (1999)
  • NH Rowing Championships, W1x, 5000m (1999)
  • US Olympic Festival + Pan Am Trials, LW2x, 2000m (1987)
  • US Olympic Festival, LW2x, 2000m (1986)
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