The winners of the ‘British Rowing Awards’ 2022 were revealed last night on a streamed show with Chairman Mark Davies and Chief Executive Alastair Marks hosting the evening. The event is a celebration of the extraordinary contributions made by so many members of the rowing community across the UK.
The event held particular significance for National Schools’ Regatta as Chairman, George Hammond was presented with the ‘Beryl Crockford Award’ and Committee Member Mark Wilkinson won ‘Coach of the Year’.
George’s award was presented by John Layng who highlighted the huge contribution George has made over the last 16 years where
‘George has guided the National Schools’ Regatta through a series of significant changes, which have ensured that it continues to provide competition for as wide an entry as possible, whilst ensuring the highest quality racing. His vision and leadership of the event has always put the competitor at the heart of the many decisions that have had to be made.’
John also highlighted George’s support for junior causes through the charitable arm of the Regatta which has promoted junior rowing in many different areas and this has helped to widen access and participation within the sport. Likewise, his role as a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta has again helped with the increase in participation and depth of competition in the junior events there.
Junior Coach of the Year was an award Mark Wilkinson this award was received in addition to the award for Coach of the ‘Junior Crew of the Year’. This last season saw huge achievements for the rowers of Windsor Boys’ and Coach Mark Wilkinson, including medal successes at the National Schools Regatta, the British Rowing Junior Championships, the European Rowing Junior Championships. Incredibly, Windsor Boys' were the winners and runners up in the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
Mark received a significant number of nominations with comments including;
“Mark has been an inspiration for a generation of junior rowers”
“They trained as a team and won as a team and mark was the cornerstone”
The evening was a showcase event where the people, their clubs and crews from across the rowing community who deserve recognition are celebrated. Awards covered 10 categories;
● Volunteer of the Year
● Rising Star of the Year
● Affiliated Club of the Year
● Rowing Project of the Year
● Junior or School Crew of the Year
● University Crew of the Year
● Club Crew of the Year
● Coach of the Year
● Lifetime Achievement Award
● British Rowing Medal of Merit
If you were unable to watch the event live, catch up by using the link below.
Many congratulations to all those who were nominated, it was an inspiring evening!