The French Rowing Class Association

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The French Rowing Class Association2017-01-29T18:59:00+00:00

About the French Rowing Class Association

Because learning takes a lifetime

The French Rowing Class (FRC) association arose from an encounter between a teacher-researcher of INSA-Lyon, who is passionate about rowing, and two coaches from the French rowing team, who have competed and won medals at the world level.

Corinne Dorel, Charles Imbert and Daniel Fauché share the conviction that learning lasts a lifetime. The main purpose of the FRC is to offer training focused on the sensation and the pleasure of rowing, emphasizing aesthetics and physical integrity.

Current training to support the quest to gain the ultimate pleasure of ‘gliding’ the water surface, often lacks involvement of top level athletes both in France, and more widely in the world.

The FRC therefore not only provides high-end equipment but essentially these top athletes, with the coaching and monitoring tools developed for their training being made available to all.

The aim is not confined to providing training in the FRC cradle of the Rhône-Alpes, with “rowing camps” being hosted in a number of top rowing basins across France.

The FRC is committed to the full ‘flowering’ of participants, promoting activities focused on maintaining health, well-being and conviviality.

Two of the three founders, Charles Imbert and Daniel Fauché, are honed to the highest level of international rowing, while Corinne Dorel is qualified in synthetic biology (iGEM competition created by MIT, MA, USA) which is an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering.

The experience of competing with the world’s best has laid the foundation for the FRC and for the ambition to influence rowing at regional, national and international levels.


Focus on the Officers

Corinne DOREL
Corinne DORELPresident of the FRC Association
Teacher-researcher in microbiology exercising at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon. Corinne is a founding member of the FRC as President.

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Charles IMBERT
Charles IMBERTVice-president of the FRC Association
Charles Imbert is a former rowing Olympic Team France (OJ 1984 Los Angeles), three times world medalist, and responsible for the Rowing Center of Lyon.
Charles is a founding member of the FRC as Vice-Chairman.

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Daniel FAUCHETraining manager and head coach
Daniel Fauché, it’s 25 world championships, 19 world and European medals, six Olympic Games and three medals. Coach to Olympic Preparation Centre in Lyon (France Pole) for 15 years. Daniel is a founding member of the FRC as Training Director.

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Catherine FOULSHAM
Catherine FOULSHAMTreasurer
Journalist, Director of the Press Agency Objectif Une, rows in club since the age of 16. Catherine is a founding member of the FRC as the secretary and treasurer.

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 Pascal DAY
Pascal DAYVice Secretary
Marketing Manager at Bayer CropScience, Pascal practice rowing since he was 12 years old. Pascal is a founding member of the FRC as the vice-secretary.

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Eric FOULSHAMWebmaster
Webmaster SEO – SEM at, admirer of this sliding sport and first supporter of his wife … Eric is a founding member of the FRC as the webmaster.

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