Meet the Team



Andrew Wilson


Niall Gardam


 Chris Bates

Managing Director

A GB lightweight International in the 1980's with Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association, now owner and MD of Oarsport since the company was established in 1990.

“Between myself and my team at Oarsport, we can boast an immense wealth of experience and knowledge at all levels of rowing. We aim to encourage and take the next generations of rowers through a similar journey to extraordinary success with highly researched and developed boats, oars and electronic equipment we could only dream of 20 or 30 years ago”.


Admin Manager

Another ex NCRA lightweight member with vast rowing experience through the 80’s and 90’s with Tom and Chris, Niall’s rowing achievements started at Hampton School and are numerous from multiple Henley wins to a silver medal at the 1995 World Championships in the GBR LM8+. Niall has worked within our organisations for almost 30 years when he first moved to Nottingham to row after graduating from Loughborough University.


Sales Representative

Chris Bates also brings a wealth of rowing experience to the Oarsport team.  3 times World Champion, medalling 9 times from 12 World Championships and with multiple Henley wins, Chris was one of GB's most decorated rowers during the 80's and 90's.  He rowed with Andrew, Tom and Niall in the early days of Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association. He was part of the LM8+ that took part in the infamous “Harvard re-row” at Henley Royal Regatta in 1989 along with Tom.  He has joined the Oarsport Team to further develop sales of WinTech Boats throughout the UK and across Europe.







Des Cook


Nigel Hollingworth


Berni McCabe

 Company Boatman

A member and former Captain of neighbouring Derby Rowing Club, Des originally came on board at Oarsport to “help out” for a couple of days a week.  Since, he has been full on towing for us all over the UK, Ireland and Europe to such exotic places as Belgrade, Bled, Brandenburg, Lucerne and Munich to name but a few. With feet on terra firma, he can usually be found in our warehouse on boat preparation and managing, packing and dispatching parts.



Electronics Team

Nigel handles repairs and refurbishment of our electronic products.  A member of Nottingham Rowing Club, Nigel, well, he’s is a long, long time member of over 40 years with cupboards full of pewter tankards, and a master electrical and electronics engineer.


Admin/Customer Service Representative

Originally from Durham, Berni has spent much of her rowing career in Nottingham Rowing Club and Tribesmen RC Galway, Ireland.  Berni has other hidden talents having graduated from Manchester University (UMIST) with a degree in Textile Design & Design Management. A move to Nottingham gave an opportunity to combine two passions of textiles and rowing resulting in a Henley Women's medal, Nat Champs Gold and a PhD! Recently spotted competing at British Masters and World Masters events her rowing adventures continue.