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Eira Parry founded High Performance Parenting in 2014. Having worked in high performance sport for many years, Eira could see that there was a vital need for a support service for parents of young athletes. Parents needed to feel confident that they were doing all they could to help their child fulfil his or her potential, but they also needed to enjoy the journey that an involvement in sport offers.
Originally from a teaching background, Eira worked in both primary and secondary education. Throughout her teaching career she was involved in coaching rowing and achieved many national and international successes with her school athletes and crews.
She then took up a post at British Rowing with the Start Programme, the talent ID arm of the organisation. She was successful in this role for 8 years, achieving countless national and international successes with both crews and individuals. Notable members of Eira's squad were Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who went on to win Team GB's first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics in the Women's Pairs event, and defended their title at the Rio Olympics.
Eira is also step-mum to Olympic Silver Medallist, Jack Beaumont, so as well as having a background in coaching high performance sport, she has also experienced the turbulent journey that parenting a young athlete can entail.
Eira is still very involved in the sport of rowing, she is on the General Management Committee of the Home International Regatta (a bit like the 6 nations, but for rowing) and is also an independent selector for British Rowing working with the Women's Olympic Squad.
Through High Performance Parenting, Eira works with parents and athletes across many different sports and at every level. She believes passionately that sport can be a force for good, teaching young people valuable life lessons, but that it should also be fun, for athletes, coaches and parents alike.